His Majestic Name | Psalm 8:1
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.
1 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
This psalm captures the wonders of creation in our mind’s eye. David looks to astronomical wonders as well as the elevated station of lowly mankind. He also looks prophetically to the Messiah, the Second Adam in Whom is humanity God intended it. Ultimately, though, the true wonder of this psalm is in the repeating refrain of verses one and nine—the Majestic Name of God—and the stunning concept that we can know it.
The Name is personal and covenantal. This capitalization difference in our Bibles signify two different Hebrew terms. The first is Yahweh, the covenant Name that God revealed to Moses (Ex 3:14–15), and the second is Adonai, which means, “my Lord.” While Christians aren’t under the Mosaic Covenant, we’re under the New Covenant in Christ (1 Cor 11:25) and enjoy the personal relationship we have with the Lord—He loved us and sealed it with the blood of Christ.
The Name is majestic and glorious. Once again, we see Messianic echoes in this truth. Jesus revealed the glory (Jn 1:14), and Paul calls Him “the Lord of glory (1 Cor 2:8). Peter describes the glory of the Father and Jesus as majestic (2 Pt 1:16, 17). Jesus returned to the glory after His ascension (Phil 2:5–11), and all those in Him will be exalted on the last day (Jn 6:39–40, 44, 54).
The Name is essential. The fact that God has established Himself “in all the earth” and “above the heavens” demonstrates the exclusive claim of the Lord. His is the name to know. Indeed, as everything is subsumed in a name, and His is everywhere, God’s “invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Rm 1:20). Sadly, people exchange the truth for a lie, refusing to accept that there’s no other name “by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Repent and trust in the representation of the Name, Jesus Christ, giving God all the praise from this moment forward.