Through the Bible Day by Day
To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
GOD’S GLORY IN MAN’S HEADSHIP
This exquisite ode can reach perfect fulfillment only in our Lord, Heb_2:6-9. It was evidently composed at night, and probably dates from the early shepherd days, when wild creatures crept around the fold and night-birds screamed above, reminding the singer of the animal world over which man was meant to reign.
The ascription of Psa_8:1-2 is very fine. Christ is so mighty that when His strength is given to babes they vanquish and silence His foes, Mat_21:16; 1Co_1:25. Do not regret your helplessness, 2Co_12:9-10. The comparison of Psa_8:3-4 is striking. It is a great descent from Adonai above the heavens to the son of Adam (“dust”). But the king loves his child more than his palace. What must not be the worth of man, of whom God makes so much! The crown of creation was placed on man’s brow. Sin wrecked it, but the Son of man regained it, Mat_28:18; Isa_11:6-9; Rom_8:19-22. The holy soul has the talisman of rule, 1Co_3:22.