Read: Psalm 8; 2 Samuel 6:6 – 12; Exodus 25:13 – 14
The Title of Psalm 8 in the Hebrew Bible includes the words “According to the Gittith” which according to one rabbinical tradition refers to Obed-edom, the Gittite, (2 Samuel 6:6 – 12) who kept the ark of the covenant in his house after the failed attempt to bring the ark to Jerusalem on a cart, which led to the death of Uzzah. Once David read the instructions on how to move the ark (Exodus 25:13 – 14) and saw that the Lord blessed Obed-edom when the ark was kept in his house, he brought the ark up to Jerusalem, dancing before it with all his might – and the tradition says, singing this psalm, which he wrote for the occasion.
Think About It: Have I ever done something without reading the instructions first? What happened? What are some of the extremely important instructions found in the Bible? How is Psalm 8 relevant to the celebration of bringing the ark into Jerusalem?
Lord, help me to remember to read and follow Your instructions.
Read: Psalm 8:1; Exodus 34:5; Isaiah 12:4
In Psalm 8:1 David addressed God as “Yahweh our Lord.” The four-letter name of God, YHWH (ancient Hebrew is written only with consonants, meaning “I AM,” has not been spoken aloud by observant Jews since about the second century before Christ. Instead, they read these letters by speaking the word “Adonai,” meaning “Lord.” In the King James, New American Standard, and English Standard translations, YHWH is usually translated as LORD, a capital “L” with small capital letters “ORD.” “Lord,” with lower case “ord” in these same versions, usually translates “Adonai.”
Think About It: What does it mean to call God, or Jesus, “Lord”? Why is it so important to confess Jesus as “Lord” (Romans 10:9 – 10)?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may I not only confess You as Lord, but obey You as Lord.
Read: Psalm 8:2; Matthew 11:25; 21:16; 1 Corinthians 1:27; Acts 4:13
According to Psalm 8:2, God establishes His strength out of the mouths of babies and infants. These words are prophetic of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and are also typical of God’s method of bringing glory to Himself
Think About It: What are some specific biblical examples of how God glorifies Himself through the lives of those who are as simple, weak, and powerless as babies and infants? Have I ever experienced what Paul expresses in 2 Corinthians 12:10?
Prayer: Not by might, nor by power, but by Your Spirit, O LORD of Hosts.
Read: Psalm 8:3
The heavens provide a testimony of great clarity to the wisdom, power, and glory of God. “To man he gave an erect countenance, and bade him gaze on the heavens, that thus he may be directed to set his affections on things above.” (Matthew Henry).
Think About It: Read Exodus 8:19, Exodus 31:18, Deuteronomy 9:10, Luke 11:20. These passages all refer to the “finger of God.” Whenever the “finger of God” is used in Scripture, it is in the context of God’s revealing of Himself with such clarity that one can literally point to it. Since the heavens are the work of God’s fingers, what do the heavens clearly reveal about God (e.g. Romans 1:20)?
Prayer: Lord, help me look up, learn about You, and set my affections on the things above.
Read: Psalm 8:4 – 8; Psalm 21:5; 45:3; Genesis 1:26
Psalm 8 proclaims that God’s glory is revealed in man. In Psalm 8:4, the Hebrew word used for “man“ donates man’s weakness and fragility; man seems puny and insignificant compared to the glories of the sun, moon and stars.
Think About It: What does God do for man according to Psalm 8:5? How does this bring glory to God (e.g. Ephesians 1:4 – 6)? What does God do for man according to Psalm 8:6 – 8? How does this bring glory to God?
Prayer: Lord, help me to be a faithful steward of all you have entrusted to me.
Read: Psalm 8:1, 6; John 1:1, 14; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Philippians 2:9 – 11; Hebrews 2:6 – 8; 1 Corinthians 15:27 – 28; Romans 8:34
The verb of the last sentence of Psalm 8:1 is imperative; a literal translation would be, “Now set Your glory above the heavens.” Most translations translate simply, “You have set your glory above the heavens,” to keep it as a parallelism to the first sentence. However, it makes sense as an imperative if we interpret this psalm as a messianic prophecy and apply it to Jesus. That Psalm 8 should be understood as pointing to Jesus is made clear by the use of Psalm 8:6 in Hebrews 2:6 – 8; 1 Corinthians 15:27 – 28; and Ephesians 1:22.
Think About It: In what sense was Jesus made “for a little while” lower than the angels? How was Jesus exalted? How has Jesus been crowned with glory and honor?
Prayer: All glory, honor, and power be to Jesus!
Read: Psalm 8:1, 9; Ephesians 2:6; 1 Corinthians 6:3; Luke 12:32
Psalm 8 begins and ends with the address to the Lord as our Lord. The Psalm invites us to submit to and obey the Lord, whose very nature is the most majestic and powerful in all creation.
Think About It: Based on the Scripture references for today, how do those who are united with Christ share in His exaltation by the Father?
Prayer: Praise the Lord for the spiritual blessings that are mine in Christ.