Psalm 8
What is man...
The Natural Import of the Psalm

How excellent is Yahweh, Jehovah, the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? As we
consider He Who is from everlasting to everlasting, can we comprehend how excellent He is?
Consider the glory of the heavens, the star studded evening sky or the beauty of a sunlit day or
the awestriking power of a storm. Then consider what man can do. Can we comprehend the
glory and grandeur of the Lord?

The truth that comes from the mouths of babies and infants silences the enemy. He Who can
create life, can overpower anyone.

When you consider all that God has done, and consider man in comparison, what is man?
Comparatively nothing. Why has God paid such attention to man, and given him the blessings
which He has? Why has the Lord given man more glory and honor than any other creature of

Man has been given the rule over all the creatures of nature, being able to control sheep and
oxen and other beasts of the field, able to rule over the birds, the fish and everything that is on
land and in the ocean. This God has done from the beginning of creation (see Genesis 1).
Indeed how much should man glorify the Creator! How much should each and every man
worship and praise He Who has given us life and breath and all things. How much should
each and very man worship and praise He Who placed man in the position of importance in
this world.

The Messianic Import of the Psalm

Jesus makes reference to this psalm in Matthew 21.16 in response to question of the chief
priests and scribes following the cleansing of the temple. The children were crying, "Hosanna
tothe Son of David!"  "Out of the mouth of babes..."

It is to this same concept that Paul refers in 1 Corinthians 1.27-31 in referring to the wisdom of
God in the preaching of the gospel: "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put
to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the
things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised
God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no
flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us
wisdom from God - and righteousness and sanctification and redemption - that, as it is written,
'He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.'"

This psalm is also referred to by Paul in Hebrews 2.6-9: "But one testified in a certain place,
saying, 'What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him?
You made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor, and set
him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.' For in
that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do
not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the
angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God
might taste death for everyone." Paul shows that in Christ are all things put under man,
including death (for that is the last thing waiting to be put under man - see 1 Corinthians

Man has dominion over the animals, and over (to a certain degree) nature itself; but, Jesus is
the only one who can say, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth." (Matthew
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