Summary: Everything about God directs us to surrender and praise, and only fools will fight him.
Lord, You Are Majestic
Picture a young boy, alone with sheep in the desert, late at night. In the utter darkness of moonless nights, the only lights were in the heavens above. Far away from city lights, with a clean atmosphere, the sky must have been dazzling.
David stood in awe and worship, thinking of the Great God who created the heavens above. This is David's memory and the setting for this Psalm. This psalm was either written by David during his youth or written as a reflection of David's youth.
The contrast in this Psalm is the greatness of God compared to the lowliness of mankind.
Psa 8:1 To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
1. The superiority of God’s name, and thus his personality and character.
Notice in most of your translations the use of the word “Lord” in upper and lower Caps….”LORD, Lord, O Yahweh, our Adonai. O God our Master.”
Our God us the owner and ruler of all things, whether acknowledged or not. But that acknowledged, He is also our God. The name represents here the character and characteristics. That name is the emphasis…
How excellent, majestic, honorable, glorious, exalted is your personality and character. In all the earth, in our realm, what we see and experience daily, attests to that. This is saying that apart from heaven (what we can’t see), our observations are from what we can see only.
But not limited to what we see, for you have set your glory above the highest point of our imaginations. Above the heavens.
Psa 8:2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
2. The simplicity of the concept.
How great is our God.
No one in these days had to explain man's unworthiness. They understood that without God's direction. Mankind could commit all sorts of evil. They understood sin and man's bent towards it. They saw the sins of the Philistines, Canaanites, Egyptians and those who worshiped idols. They knew about human sacrifices, child sacrifices, forces male and female prostitution in pagan worship, abuse of the most vulnerable in society. They knew the hearts of man were naturally pulled away from God, not to God.
Yet, God was awesome beyond imagination. He is able to take lowly mankind, in our weakest form, an infant and suckling who needed constant attention and was totally dependent on others, and defeat His most powerful enemies. He could even take the utterances of such a dependent fallen creature and defeat His enemies.
No doubt, God makes a majority, and so God plus anybody is a vast majority.
Look at two infant examples, Moses and Christ. (Review, both were set apart from infancy and both brought much change to the world).
Psa 8:3-4 When I look at 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, and the son of man that you care for him?