Psalm 8 is a wonderful song of praise to the Creator from the perspective of the created. We look up at the stars sometimes and feel our own insignificance in the grand scope of the universe. This Psalm does not minimize mankind, it magnifies our importance because God sees us as important. In this Psalm there are at least four things we can see:
SEE THE CREATION
Psalm 8:3, "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained.” The creation is a powerful piece of evidence for the existence of God. When we consider that our physical world is the product of some force, that force must be mighty and sovereign. Colossians 1:16 reads this way, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Also Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. The created reflects the power of the Creator.
SEE THE LORD
Psalm 8:4-5, "What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.” Specifically the Psalmist is speaking of mankind in relation to angelic beings, but there is a powerful application from this used elsewhere in the New Testament. Hebrews 2:6-8 quotes this passage with relation to Jesus being in the form of man, but having all authority. It is said of him in Hebrews 2:9, “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.” Man is so blessed to be counted worthy by God, so much so, God Himself took upon a bodily form to save us from our sin.
SEE OUR LOT
Psalm 8:6-8, "You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.” This is a repetition of the words of God to Adam. “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the Earth” (Genesis 1:28). If you continue in Genesis 1 past verse 28 you will see that God gave Man the authority over all the other created things. We truly are blessed to live in such an existence where God has provided all that we need physically and spiritually.
SEE OUR MIGHTY GOD
Psalm 8:9, "O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth.” This sentiment is the same way the Psalm began in verse 1. This psalm literally begins and ends with the magnification of God’s importance and power over all His creation. This sentiment is repeated in Ephesians 3:20-21, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen" Allow us to never lose sight that the God we serve is all-powerful and loves to care for His children.