This Psalm is also referenced in The Epistle to the Hebrews, where it is applied to Christ. In becoming incarnate, the Creator assumed, for a time, a position lower than the angels. He became weak and tempted like we are, the better to overcome sin and serve as our Great High Priest. But now the LORD has given Him the name that is above every name, that He should receive worship in all corners of creation, to the glory of God the Father, now and forever.
This Psalm, along with other verses from Scripture, was also probably in the background of Paul’s mind when he wrote chapter one of The Epistle to the Romans. The glory of nature points to the greater glory of its creator. This is the “Book of Nature” spoken of by scholars and saints throughout the ages. The more we learn about nature, the more we should realise the existence and glory of its creator and long for the perfection of the age to come.
“For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope…” (Romans 8:20).
In the scheme of things, we are small. What is our seize compared with that of the planet, the solar system, the galaxy, the universe? What is our power, compared to that of the angels? What is our righteousness compared to that of God? What is our love compared with the Cross? Who are we that our Creator should take on flesh and die for us? And yet He did.
God created us to rule over this earth. We were to rule in accordance with His precepts, the greatest of which is love.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).
The Son of Man will rule this earth, enthroned on Mount Zion, in Jerusalem. He will commit authority to those who follow Him, who will rule in accordance with His statutes (Isaiah 53; Revelation 20).
On that day, the name of the LORD will be praised in all corners of the earth. How majestic is that name! There is no other given to man, by which he can be saved.
I leave you with another song inspired by this Psalm: “How Great Thou Art”.