Psalm 8 is an amazing Psalm. Notice what David says in verse one,
“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.”
As we briefly look at this verse, the first thing to notice is the use of the words “LORD” and “Lord.” These are two different words in Hebrew. The first, in all caps, is the word YHWH. It is the word that reveals that God is a personal Being. In fact, it is the word God chose to reveal Himself to Moses in the burning bush and is translated Yahweh or Jehovah.
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. (Ex. 3:14-15)
The significance of this name YHWH is explained by Nelson Bible Dictionary, “’I am’ expresses the fact that He is the infinite and original personal God who is behind everything and to whom everything must finally be traced.'” The “I AM” God is Yahweh!
David is praising God for being a personal God with whom he can have a relationship. God is not some energy or mystical force. His very name shows that He is a Person we can know.
The second name for God, “Lord” is the name “Adonai.” It stresses that this personal God who is eternal, is also in sovereign control of all things.
In a sense then, David begins this Psalm by recalling that God is the eternal, personal God with whom he had a relationship and who was in control of all things. This is a great way to regain your perspective as you talk to God!
He concludes the verse by stating that God’s handiwork is shown in the heavens. God is personal, sovereign and “majestic.” This means that He inspires “awe or reverence in the beholder; (this reverence) can be related to size, strength, power, or authority” (Logos). We should be in awe of God because the heavens declare his power, wisdom and greatness.
Father, this Psalm crafted by David, beautifully describes who you are. I am so thankful that you are a personal God! We can have a relationship with you! Amazing! In addition, you are the Sovereign One. You are in control of all things and your greatness is displayed in the heavens for all to see. Creation declares your glory and perfection. My response to your demonstration of power should be awe. Help me to live in constant awe of you and not take the demonstration of your power for granted.