God’s Majesty in Us and in Christ | Psalm 8:5–9
5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
David begins and ends on the same chord—the majesty of the Lord’s Name in all the earth. David progressed from the lowly, even the babes and the weak (v. 2). He then proceeds to God’s ability to keep stars combusting and solar systems spinning in the heavens—and that God thinks about us down below (vv. 3–4)! The song now moves on to another kind of glory.
The majesty of God isn’t much less in man. Since the angels were there at the framing of the earth (Job 38:4–7), they were probably God’s first creations with the heavens (Gn 1:1)—although no verse states this. By way of contrast, Scripture highlights mankind as God’s final creation, made in His image (Gn 1:26–27) with a mandate and dominion over the whole earth (vv. 28–30).
Man may not have the glory and honor of the angels, yet God crowns him with it anyway. Indeed, even though we’re sinners in our natural state (Rm 3:23), we retain the imago dei or image of God (Js 3:9). Humans will even judge the angels (1 Cor 6:3)! Considering the glory and power of the holy angels, the psalmist is again struck by the notion that God is mindful of comparatively lackluster and impotent life known as man.
The majesty of God is fullest in the man Christ Jesus. Psalm 8 isn’t considered messianic, but the implications are clear. The Son emptied Himself of some glory and came as a man (Phil 2:7). So, whereas Adam and Eve sinned and creation has suffered since (Rm 8:19–22), all things will be subjected to Christ, making Him the ultimate fulfillment of this psalm (Hb 2:5–10; 1 Cor 15:27–28).
As such, when we consider the glory of man especially found in Christ, just as the elders will cast their crowns before His throne, we should also exclaim, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Rv 4:11)!