O Lord, our Lord, how excellent

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O Lord, our Lord, how excellent
  Thy name in all the earth!
Let every people, tribe, and tongue
  Proclaim its boundless worth.
Out of the mouth of little ones
  Thou hast established praise,
That Thou may still Thine enemy
  And swiftly end his days.
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When we the universe behold,
  The work of Thy great hand—
The moon and stars which Thou ordained
  By lofty wisdom planned;
O what is man that Thou should’st care
  That Thou should’st mindful be?
The son of man Thou visitest
  In Thine economy.
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O Jesus Lord, Thou art that man,
  The One who joined our race,
Who put upon Himself the flesh
  And took a lower place.
But now with glory Thou art crowned,
  With sovereignty complete.
Now through Thy Body Thou dost rule
  With all beneath Thy feet.
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Thine incarnation, rising too,
  And Thy transcendency,
Thy Lordship, Headship, kingdom full,
  And Body here we see.
By all these steps of work divine
  Thou hast established praise.
With overflowing hearts to Thee
  Our joyful voice we raise.
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Oh, soon that blessed day shall come—
  All tongues these words shall peal!
But in the local churches now
  We have a foretaste real.
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent
  Thy name in all the earth!
Let every people, tribe, and tongue
  Proclaim its boundless worth.
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Daniel

Columbus, Ohio

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent!


Molly Zhou

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

O Lord Jesus. How excellent! We praise You.


David

New York, United States

Praise the Lord!! Lord Your name is EXCELLENT! You have established praise! Hallelujah!!


dazhi cheng

West Lafayette Purdue, IN, United States

Oh, Lord, you are the excellent ONE! The One that made us one!

[Psalm 8] Verse 3 says, "When I see Your heavens, the works of Your fingers,/The moon and the stars, which You have ordained." David did not say that he saw the heavens, but he saw "Your heavens." We have a hymn on this psalm in our hymnal (Hymns, #1097). In the second stanza of that hymn, the writer referred to the sun, the moon, and the stars. The writer added the word sun, but this is wrong. In Psalm 8 David saw only the moon and the stars, not the sun. We cannot see the sun, the moon, and the stars at the same time. When we see the moon and the stars, we cannot see the sun.

The moon and the stars in Psalm 8 indicate that it was in the night. In the nighttime, everything is dark. But the psalmist lifted up his eyes to look at our Father's heavens. In the night he saw the moon and the stars which God had ordained. The scientific experts can bear witness to this ordination. The divine ordination of the moon and the stars is truly a wonder.

After the psalmist turned his view from the messy earth to the bright heavens, he said, "What is man, that You remember him,/And the son of man, that You visit him?" (v. 4). He turned his view from the moon and the stars in the heavens back to man on this earth. First, God remembers man. Second, He visits man. We have to understand this in a poetic way. God in the heavens remembered man before He became incarnated. Then He came to visit man by becoming a man through His incarnation. The Triune God came to visit us. Before coming to us, He remembered us. The Triune God was very busy, yet He remembered us. Then according to His remembrance of us, He became incarnated to visit us.