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PSALM 8: GOD’S HIERARCHY

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What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? (Psalm 8:4, NKJV)

As the creator of all, God also had a master plan. Just as all organizations have a hierarchy or organizational structure, God established an order to all of His creation! 

God’s hierarchy: God, then angels, man, and beasts.

David marvels how God uses people on earth.

Verses 1 and 9 are bookends of the Psalm; Figure of Speech is called an inclusio.

They describe God’s majesty (splendor, magnificence) in His care and design for man.

V.2 Small children praise what God has done, but grown men do not (Mt. 21:16, 1 Cor. 15:27).

v.3 The moon and stars are His finger work.

v.4-5 man = frail man, magnificent = excellent.

Man is shown in relation to deity, he has dignity (glory and honor), dominion over animals.

It is amazing that man is given responsibility for the earth.

Man is made a little lower than angels (KJV, NKJV), heavenly beings (NIV).

Hebrews 2:6-8 quotes this psalm to contrast man’s imperfect present work because of the fall with his future exalted destiny.

v.6-8 Man is created to have dominion over all the earth. 

God rules the universe says Psalm eight,

Man fell and now he has to wait,

Until a future time when he is ready.

Now ruling animals with hand hopefully steady.

God rules man and beast to fulfill His purposes. 

QUESTIONS 

What does it mean to you that God rules the universe? 

What do you need to do because of Adam’s fall? 

What can you look forward to in the future? 

REFERENCES 

Tom Constable, www.soniclight.com and www.soniclight.org , Psalm 8

New Bible Commentary, Psalm 8