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How Excellent is your Name
Bible Passage Psalm 8: 1-9
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books 1 Corinthians, Genesis, Hebrews, John, Matthew, Psalm.

How Excellent is your Name

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached May 31, 2023

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 LORD, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth! You set your glory above the heavens!

2 Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies you have established strength on account of your adversaries, in order to silence the enemy and vengeful foe.

3 When I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you established—

4 what is man that you take notice of him, or the son of man that you pay attention to him?

5 You made him a little less than divine, but you crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You gave him dominion over the work of your hands, you put all things under his feet:

7 Sheep and cattle—all of them, wild creatures of the field,

8 birds in the sky, fish in the sea— whatever moves through the currents of the oceans.

9 LORD, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth!

BACKGROUND ✝
Psalm 8 is the second messianic psalm after Psalm 2. This is evident from its quotation in Hebrews 2, which clarifies that this psalm is about the Lord Jesus. Psalm 8 is the first song of praise in Psalms. This psalm is the only one addressed to God alone. This is remarkable because it is about the true Man, the Son of Man, Who came to glorify God only after He fell into the earth like the grain of wheat and died (John 12:24). Psalm 8 is the second messianic psalm after Psalm 2. This is evident from its quotation in Hebrews 2, which clarifies that this psalm is about the Lord Jesus. Psalm 8 is the first song of praise in Psalms. This psalm is the only one addressed to God alone. This is remarkable because it is about the true Man, the Son of Man, Who came to glorify God only after He fell into the earth like the grain of wheat and died (John 12:24).

Psalm 8 speaks about the Lord Jesus as the Son of Man Who rules over all that is created. He has a Name above all names. He is not in heaven, but above heaven. He transcends everything. For this, He had to suffer and die as the Son of Man and rise from the dead. We find the announcement of this by the Lord Jesus Himself three times in the Gospels (Mk 8:31; Mk 9:31; Mk 10:33-34).

God is so great in majesty and power that nothing in the universe can challenge His sovereign rule. The praises of children may appear to be weak and simple, but they are sufficient to silence God’s enemies. God uses what appears to be powerless to overcome all the hostile forces that His enemies can gather (verses 1-2).

The Lord Jesus quotes verse 2 to silence His opponents, the chief priests, and scribes (Mt 21:15-16). Those fools reveal their opposition to Him by pointing out to Him the ’unheard of’ that children praise Him in the temple with the words “Hosanna to the Son of David” (Mt 21:15; compare Psa 118:25-26). The Lord then holds up to them this verse. In doing so, He says reproachfully to them whether they have “never read” that verse in Psalm 8. They will have read it often enough, but always without understanding its true meaning.

This majestic power of God is seen also in the vastness of the universe that He created. How amazing, therefore, that God should give to feeble insignificant human beings a position of dignity that makes them unique among all created things; for they alone are made in the image of God (verse 3-5; compare Gen 1:26-30).

Human beings have a God-given authority that places them in charge of the physical world in which they live. Having been made in God’s image, they rule as God’s representatives (verses 6-8).

But they are not God; they are merely the image and representatives of God. Their first duty is to bring homage, worship, praise, and glory to the Lord and God whom they serve (verse 9).

Because of sin, the human race never fulfilled God’s purposes for it. Only in Christ can people be lifted out of the shame and hopelessness of sin, and enter into the glory that God intended for them (Heb 2:6-9; 1 Cor 15:21-28 ).

Psalm 8 is what is sometimes called an ‘envelope psalm’ because it begins and ends with the same phrase: “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth” (verse 1; 9 ). This emphasizes the fact that the glorification of God will take place through the Son of Man Who died and rose again. The Lord Jesus came as the second Man and the last Adam to fulfill God’s purpose in creating man, namely, the glorification of God. Christ is the true Adam.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Your creation is a divine election and the grace of God that you do not deserve

🔷 Human beings must take care of the other things created by God

🔷 God will always silence foes and those who turn to vilify His chosen people

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Adore the name of the excellent God
💥 Thank God for creating you in His image and taking care of you

CONCLUSION📙
God’s love for you is unprecedented, that He makes provisions to care for and protect you. He will speak on your behalf even among your adversaries. We must in turn take care of all other things created by God.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections