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Bible Commentaries

G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Psalms 8

Verses 1-9

This is a great song of worship. It opens and closes with the same words. These words enclose the psalm, and create its burden. The matters between are proofs of the opening and closing statements. They are two. The manifestation of Jehovah's excellencies in nature and man. These are first briefly stated (1,2), and then more particularly described (3-8). The principal manifestation is in man, which is revealed in both sections. The outlook on nature is toward the encompassing heaven, all the glory of which is expressed in one inclusive thought-Jehovah has set His glory there.

From this the singer turns to little children, in whom he finds a perfection of praise absent from the glorious heaven. It is such as "to still the enemy and the avenger." These two facts are then more particularly considered. The first impression suggests the littleness of man. In the presence of the glorious heaven man seems beneath consideration. Yet it is not so. Man is greater than all. He is but little lower than God. His place is that of dominion. The contemplation of the heaven leads to the consideration of man. This creates in man, first, a wonder at Jehovah's consideration of him. This consideration issues in investigation, and man is found nearer to God than the heavens. The issue is worship. It is the true order of creation. Through man's sin it has been lost. Through Jesus it is being restored.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Psalms 8". "G. Campbell Morgan Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/psalms-8.html. 1857-84.