Notes: August 31, 2008 – Psalm 8

God’s Excellent Name

Speak the name of Bill Gates or Donald Trump and men think of massive wealth and business acumen. Speak about McCain or Obama and men think of political ambition. Mention Tiger Woods or Michael Phelps and thoughts turn to athletic talent and determination.

Speak the name of God. What comes to mind?

  • David considers God’s reputation to be excellent (verses 1 and 9).
  • God has chosen men to represent Him before His enemies (v 2). Compare Matthew 21:16, Luke 10:21 and 1 Corinthians 1:27.
  • In our eyes, we are nothing when standing next to (beneath?) the expanse of heaven (v 3).
  • One wonders why our great and mighty God would spend any time thinking about men, much less actually doing good to men (v 4).
  • Yet God has appointed men to be stewards of God’s creation (v 6-7, Genesis 1:28).

Meditation Points:

  1. Job asked the same question, “What is man?” (Job 7:17)
  2. God’s infallible interpretation is found in Hebrews 2:6-9, where we see that these words of David were prophetic, speaking of Jesus Christ the coming Messiah.