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Bible Commentaries

F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary

Psalms 8

Verses 1-9

God’s Glory in Man’s Headship

Psalms 8:1-9

This exquisite ode can reach perfect fulfillment only in our Lord, Hebrews 2:6-9 . It was evidently composed at night, and probably dates from the early shepherd days, when wild creatures crept around the fold and night-birds screamed above, reminding the singer of the animal world over which man was meant to reign.

The ascription of Psalms 8:1-2 is very fine. Christ is so mighty that when His strength is given to babes they vanquish and silence His foes, Matthew 21:16 ; 1 Corinthians 1:25 . Do not regret your helplessness, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 . The comparison of Psalms 8:3-4 is striking. It is a great descent from Adonai above the heavens to the son of Adam (“dust”). But the king loves his child more than his palace. What must not be the worth of man, of whom God makes so much! The crown of creation was placed on man’s brow. Sin wrecked it, but the Son of man regained it, Matthew 28:18 ; Isaiah 11:6-9 ; Romans 8:19-22 . The holy soul has the talisman of rule, 1 Corinthians 3:22 .

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Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. "Commentary on Psalms 8". "F. B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/fbm/psalms-8.html. 1914.