Psalm 8

The Majesty of God and the Dignity of Humanity



Psalm 8 is a hymn of praise to God, celebrating His majestic creation and the special place He has given to humanity. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate manifestation of God's glory and the perfect representation of humanity. We will explore the themes of God's greatness, the dignity of human beings, and the fulfillment of God's purpose through Jesus.

Section 1: Reflecting on God's Majesty (vs 1-4)

"O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens. From the mouths of infants and nursing babies You have ordained praise on account of Your adversaries, to silence the enemy and avenger. When I behold Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?"

Talking Points:

Harmony: Matthew 21:16, "Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked Him. "Yes," Jesus answered, "have you never read: 'From the mouths of children and infants You have ordained praise'?"


Section 2: The Dignity of Human Beings (vs 5-8)

"You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings; You crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of Your hands; You have placed everything under his feet: all sheep and oxen, as well as the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea—whatever swims the paths of the seas."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Hebrews 2:6-8a, "But somewhere it is testified in these words: 'What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor and placed everything under his feet.' In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him."


Section 3: Fulfilling God's Purpose through Jesus (vs 9)

"O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!"

Talking Points:

Harmony: Philippians 2:9-11, "Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."



Psalm 8, interpreted through the perspective of the New Covenant in Christ, exalts God's majestic creation and His special care for humanity, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.

The psalmist marvels at the works of God's hands, reflecting the awe-inspiring beauty and order of creation established through Jesus, the divine Word through whom all things were made (John 1:3).

The psalmist's recognition of humanity's elevated status as "a little lower than the heavenly beings" reflects the significance and value placed on humanity by God, who became incarnate in Jesus to redeem and restore us (Philippians 2:5-8).

The psalmist's proclamation that God has crowned humanity with glory and honor points to the exaltation of Jesus, who, as the perfect human and Son of God, is crowned with glory and honor (Hebrews 2:9).

The psalmist's awe at God's creation also invites us to reflect on Jesus' power and authority over all creation as the head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22).

Ultimately, Psalm 8 celebrates the grandeur of God's creation and the significance of humanity within it, foreshadowing the fullness of God's plan revealed through Jesus Christ.