O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is
thy name in all the earth!
who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
Think about it. About the greatness of God's reputation, his renown! The creator. The artistic master behind the beauty around us. The infinite power that created all the stars of the heavens! The designer of all the creatures we enjoy seeing, using for labor and eating! The God of the great and the God of the infinitesimal. Designer of galaxies and of the stuff that makes up molecules and all of matter.
And David gives more proof in his meditations:
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
hast thou ordained strength
because of thine enemies,
that thou mightest still the enemy
and the avenger.
Psalm 8:2What does God use to still the enemy? The strength he ordained out of the mouth of babes and sucklings. Out of the weakest of the weak, God has ordained strength to still the enemy. The Phillistines sent Goliath to battle the armies of Israel. God defeated him with the young man David. The faith of David came out in his words as he expressed disgust that this Phillistine was allowed to defy the armies of the living God! Did God use a great warrior to turn back the enemy? Did he use great strength and power of men? No, He used a child. David knew the truth of what he was sharing.
Another proof of the greatness of his reputation? His goodness to man.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet
God has blessed man. Little, puny man. Just a speck on the earth, less than a speck in the universe, and God takes thought of man. Takes thought, 'visits' him, given him dominion over the works of creation.
Man may not pay much heed to God at times. But God has paid attention to man, and blessed him despite man ignoring God. That is a great character. That is a great reputation to have. To love the unlovable.
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!