Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.
As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.
Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.
(1) 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.
(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
Not only does man’s rule over the animal kingdom involve land dwelling animals but also the animals that dwell in the air and the seas. King David breaks these groups of animals down using the general terms:
- “the fowl of the air” including all the birds of the skies
- “The fish of the sea” – including all the many types of fish (both fresh and slat water)
- “Whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas” – This would include any water life that is not classified as fish. Shrimp, crab, oyster, etc etc.
Once again we can see how all of God’s creatures, whether land, air or sea dwelling were given unto man to meet the needs of man, while caring and not abusing them.
May we all thank the Lord for giving mankind the wonderful gift of nature and the rulership over it to supply all of mankind’s needs!
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