Please read this beautiful piece of inspired poetry. The heading, “For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David,” indicates purpose and authorship. This song was part of the worship of Israel, and it is included in modern songs today (Eph. 5:19). The 8th psalm recognizes and extols the majesty of the Lord of the universe. It is ascribed to David the shepherd, singer, and king of Israel.
From beginning to end, the psalm is a doxology, a statement of praise to God the Creator. The first and last verses enclose words of sublime praise to the maker of the universe. The world did not make itself (Heb. 3:4; Gen. 1:1). Consider the futile theories of men who seek to explain the universe without reference to God. How foolish, how empty, how meaningless are their theories. Even small children rebuke the foolishness of an unbelieving world. “You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart!”
From childhood we are taught the glorious truth that God has made us, and that he made us in his own image (Gen. 1:26). He made us for his own purpose, to glorify him. When we look at the stars of the heavens on a clear, cool night, the problems of the world seem so small in contrast (Psa. 19:1). Our God is big and powerful. The God who made the world and who made us is powerful. Is it not amazing that God has given such attention and consideration to the needs of creatures like us, so small and so weak? But we are made in God’s image, and he has appointed humankind over the beasts of the field, the birds, and the fish. Though “the son of man” (8:4) refers to mortal man, the New Testament ascribes greater meaning to the term in reference to Jesus, the God-man (Heb. 2:5-9). “Son of Man” is Jesus’ favorite way of referring to himself; he used it some 81 times. It is a term both of majesty, and identification with humanity.
God created this world to support the lives of those who are preparing themselves for eternity in his presence. Heavenly, angelic messengers have been charged with the care of God’s people (Heb. 1:14). We do not live merely to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation or to consume the resources he has placed at our disposal. We live to glorify, honor, and serve him!
My comments are not an inspired commentary, but rather a few words to draw attention to the background, context, and dynamic situation of the book of Psalms. May God bless your reading of His Word. T.C.