"A Psalm of David."
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This Psalm is written by David to honor the greatness of YHVH, the creator of the heavens and the earth. Praising our eternal and almighty God. Even through David's troubles at this time, as he was on the run to save his life from the enemy, he pauses to reflect the greatness of YHVH our Father. The heading of this Psalm is "to the chief Musician upon Muth-labben"; which is to say "To He who has the victory [Jesus]." Muth-labben is in reference to the death of the champion (Goliath) as given in First Samuel 17:4, 46. David knew who controlled the path of that stone that entered into skull of that champion, and all the glory for the victory went to God. When you get the victory over some opponent, or use a gift that others respect, who gets the victory for the acts and deeds that you do well? You or Father? David knew where his victory came from, and continually praised Father for His work in David's life.
The last Chapter ended with the address from "the chief Musician to Gettith", it is in praise of Father and has to do with the winepress of Deuteronomy 32, given just before we introduce the Antichrist. That winepress is the "Song of Moses" that will sung in the Millennium age, as recorded in Revelation 15:3, the song of those that had the victory over Satan the Antichrist in this earth age. They will sing this song because it gave them the understanding to stand in the days when the entire world would be deceived by Him. There is a time coming when a harvest of souls will be done, just as a harvest of grapes with a sickle, for that harvest will be to throw on the fire pile for they were taken out of season, and not fit for the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalms 8:1 "O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens."
This Psalm was always sung at the Autumn feast of Tabernacles because it commemorated safe dwelling after deliverance. The Passover told of Jehovah's greatness in Divine redemption; and this Feast of Tabernacles to of Jehovah's greatness in Divine keeping after deliverance. Once David prayed and Asked God for deliverance, he knew that he was safe in God's protective hands. You can know also that you are safe and will be delivered, if you are in the Lord.
Psalms 8:2 "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained strength Because of Thine enemies, That Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger."
David know that the words that flowed out of his mouth as a child had been appointed [ordained] by God, and that he was appointed to bring down the enemy. David knew that his slingshot could bring down a bear and a lion, and with God's direction that his stone would bring down the enemies of God's people. It was no accident that David spoke those words as He gave God the victory before the battle had begun. We read of this in I Samuel 17, then in verse 37 David's comment to Saul; "David said moreover, "The Lord That delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine." David selected the five smooth stones from the brook as the armies watch, and started up that hill to meet that giant, and after the insults that he took, David spoke. Verse 45;
I Samuel 17:45 "Then said David to the Philistine, "Thou comest to me with a sword, and wiht a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, Whom thou hast defied."
I Samuel 17:46 "This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel."
As a child David knew the strength and power of Jehovah and the deliverance That God promised to him. And out of the mouths of the innocent, those that are in Christ, with Christ, and work for Him and serve our Father and do it willingly, comes the words of our Lord.
Psalms 8:3 "When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained:"
When at night I go out and look up into the night and see the moon and the stars, I know they are the work for thy hands, and each of them has been appointed and set there by You Lord. When you realize that vastness of the universe, and see just how small you are, you can see the the almighty strength and wisdom that Father has, yet at the same time, he knows the number of the hairs on your head, and each sparrow that falls to the earth. He know what you think as your are thinking those thoughts, and you know that He cares for you. He created your eternal soul and he is our eternal Father.
Psalms 8:4 "What is man, that Thou art mindful of him: And the son of man, that You visitest him:"
"Man" as used here is "enosh" is the Hebrew text, it is "mortal man". Why would you as a mortal man even care about our heavenly Father, and the son of man "adam" His children living in the flesh right here on earth. God loves his children, but as you see all the vastness of the universe, it make you wonder how He could care about little old me.
Psalms 8:5 "For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, And hast crowned him with glory and honour."
This is one of the few places in the Scripture where "Elohim" is correctly translated as "angels". Our flesh bodies are made in the image of the angels.
Psalms 8:6 "Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet:"
God has put mortal man in complete control over everything that He has created. Genesis 1:27, 28; "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them."  "And God blessed them, and god said unto them, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." 
However through, pollution, mismanagement, greed, the profit system, and many other reason, mankind has done a very poor job of the assignment that God has given to mankind. We are destroying the atmosphere, and the very soil itself, as we use chemicals to push the limits to produce more and more food.
Psalms 8:7 "All sheep and oxen, Yea, and the beasts of the field;"
God put them in the charge of man.
Psalms 8:8 "The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, And whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas."
All of the living life of the oceans, lakes and rivers of the earth, God has placed under the control of mankind.
Psalms 8:9 "O Lord our Lord, How excellent is Thy name in all the earth!" To the chief Musician upon Muth-labben.
"O Lord our Lord"; David addresses the almighty maker of the universe, then makes our creator or very loving Father. And so Father name YHVH is so excellent in all the earth. There is no other name under heaven whereby we can be saved and have eternal life. This concludes Psalms chapters one through eight, which was written you, the man and woman that walks the earth under the sun in their flesh body.
We will now cover the chapters
dealing with the old Man of the Earth, the Lawless one, Satan, the
devil, Lucifer of any of the many other name he goes by. In our
generation he will present himself at the Antichrist, the
"Instead of Christ", that false Christ that shall deceive
the people in this final generation. All that is except for God's
elect that have the seal of God in their forehead, their minds and
know the truth from God's Word.
(To the chief Musician relating to the death of the champion [Goliath])
(Cp. 1 Sam. 17:4,46,&c., and 114, which has in the Sept., the title "A Psalm of David concerning Goliath".)
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