P S A L M S
This psalm is a solemn meditation on, and
admiration of, the glory and greatness of God, of which we are all
concerned to think highly and honourably. It begins and ends with
the same acknowledgment of the transcendent excellency of God's
name. It is proposed for proof (ver.
1) that God's name is excellent in all the earth, and
then it is repeated as proved (with a "quod erat
demonstrandum"—which was to be demonstrated) in the last verse. For the proof of God's
glory the psalmist gives instances of his goodness to man; for
God's goodness is his glory. God is to be glorified, I. For making
known himself and his great name to us, ver. 1. II. For making use of the weakest of
the children of men, by them to serve his own purposes, ver. 2. III. For making even the
heavenly bodies useful to man, ver. 3,
4. IV. For making him to have dominion over the
creatures in this lower world, and thereby placing him but little
lower then the angels, ver.
5-8. This psalm is, in the New Testament, applied to
Christ and the work of our redemption which he wrought out; the
honour given by the children of men to him (ver. 2, compared with Matt. xxi. 16)
and the honour put upon the children of men by him, both in his
humiliation, when he was made a little lower then the angels, and
in his exaltation, when he was crowned with glory and honour.
Compare ver. 5, 6,
with Heb. ii. 6-8; 1 Cor. xv. 27. When we are observing
the glory of God in the kingdom of nature and providence we should
be led by that, and through that, to the contemplation of his glory
in the kingdom of grace.