His Majestic Name – Conclusion to Doxologies

In Your Bible: Psalm 8 For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made him a little lower than heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
8 the birds in the air,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8 NIV)

This psalm, penned by David, fortells Christ our Redeemer. Hebrews Chapter 1, quotes the prophetic the words in Psalm 8, concerning God’s created beings crowned with glory. They will rule over creation and praise the Lord God forever. Psalm 8 exudes the majesty of our Lord God Almighty from beginning to end.

His Name is Known

Commentators * say “how majestic is your name” refers to the name made known particularly in the gospels. God’s faithfulness in sending Jesus, fulfills the law. David wrote prophetically of New Testament times.

Additionally, the Lord prophesied through Malachi saying. . . “My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty (Malachi 1:11 NIV).

Throughout Creation

It is generally thought that David composed this psalm in the night, when the stars and celestial bodies were in view. I know you’ve seen them—indeed they are worthy of contemplation. Look up to the night sky and observe God’s power and greatness in a grand scale.

God Cares

The psalmist queries God, “Why is it possible that you care about mankind?” Yes, God cares so much that he sent his son to die for us. Too often miss this blessing in our daily grind. Psalm 8 exudes the majesty of our Lord God Almighty from beginning to end.

Prayer: Father, I know you bestow blessing upon blessing on me. Thank you. I praise you.

* John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible, Psalm 8, Christianity.com.

Note: The designation “For the director of music or to the chief musician” is in the preface of these Psalms: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 31, 36, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 75, 76, 77, 80, 81, 84, 85, 88, 109, 139, and 140.

He Works Within Us – A Series on Doxologies

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In Your Bible: Ephesians 3:20,21

Paul reveals an amazing truth after one of his prayers for the Ephesians. The God of all power chooses to work with, through and in believers. We may not even notice it when this happens! God works within the believer to save mankind, to build his Kingdom—all for his glory.

Gently Within Us

In this doxology, we praise him because he chooses to work through us in a gentle manner, guiding believers to accomplish his plans. God combines his Spirit with the believers’ spirit to create wonder-working power. Selah.

Ponder Eugene Peterson’s words in the Message: God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us (Ephesians 3:20 MSG).

Glory to God

At the conclusion of this doxology, come beautiful succinct words: May he [God] be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:21 The Living Bible). Again, much to ponder here! Selah.

What an amazing God we serve. This doxology has a wonderful truism. God works within the believer to save mankind, to build his Kingdom—all for his glory.

Prayer: Father, thank you for gently working in me. My praise for you is continually on my lips.

* Jesus Calling, Sarah Young, Enjoying His Peace and Presence, October 4, Thomas Nelson, Nashville, 2004.