The glory and excellence of God manifested by his works, Psalm 8:1, Psalm 8:2; particularly in the starry heavens, Psalm 8:3; in man, Psalm 8:4; in his formation, Psalm 8:5; and in the dominion which God has given him over the earth, the air, the sea, and their inhabitants, Psalm 8:6, Psalm 8:7, Psalm 8:8; : in consequence of which God’s name is celebrated over all the earth, Psalm 8:9.
Adam Clarke, Bible Commentary
The Glory of the Lord in Creation
To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David.
8 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth!
Prayer for yourself and those on your prayer list…
- Lord open our eyes to your love, your power and your majesty as we observe your handiwork in nature all around us.
- “You have made us to have dominion over the works of Your hands”, we pray for wisdom to be faithful stewards of this awesome, wonder-filled planet you have blessed us with.
In spite of being marred by transgression, nature still bears an eloquent testimony to the love and power of our Divine Creator. After resting under the heavy curses of sin for almost 6,000 years, the incredible beauty of God’s handiwork continues to amaze and enthrall. When we thank God for our blessings, we should never forget to mention these incomparable natural wonders that add so much meaning to every moment of our lives.Joe Crews