Psalm 8

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”Psalm 8:4

The Scottish Psalter was written anonymously in 1635 and published and appointed for use in worship by the Church of Scotland in 1650. Scripture paraphrases were added in 1781. The Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases was the primary hymnal used by the Church of Scotland through the 19th century. The Scottish Psalter was originally contained in one volume. When the Scripture paraphrases were added in the 18th century, its addition expanded the singular volume.

Psalm 8
To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.

C.M.  8.6.8.6.

1    How excellent in all the earth,
Lord, our Lord, is thy name!
Who hast thy glory far advanc’d
above the starry frame. 

2    From infants’ and from sucklings’ mouth
thou didest strength ordain,
For thy foes’ cause, that so thou might’st
th’ avenging foe restrain. 

3    When I look up unto the heav’ns,
which thine own fingers fram’d,
Unto the moon, and to the stars,
which were by thee ordain’d; 

4    Then say I, What is man, that he
remember’d is by thee?
Or what the son of man, that thou
so kind to him should’st be? 

5    For thou a little lower hast
him than the angels made;
With glory and with dignity
thou crowned hast his head. 

6    Of thy hands’ works thou mad’st him lord,
all under’s feet didst lay;
7    All sheep and oxen, yea, and beasts
that in the field do stray; 

8   Fowls of the air, fish of the sea,
all that pass through the same.
9    How excellent in all the earth,
Lord, our Lord, is thy name!

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

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