81 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
81 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
81 God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name.
81 To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
81 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 8:1
Commentary on Psalm 8:1-2
(Read Psalm 8:1-2)
The psalmist seeks to give unto God the glory due to his name. How bright this glory shines even in this lower world! He is ours, for he made us, protects us, and takes special care of us. The birth, life, preaching, miracles, suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus are known through the world. No name is so universal, no power and influence so generally felt, as those of the Saviour of mankind. But how much brighter it shines in the upper world! We, on this earth, only hear God's excellent name, and praise that; the angels and blessed spirits above, see his glory, and praise that; yet he is exalted far above even their blessing and praise. Sometimes the grace of God appears wonderfully in young children. Sometimes the power of God brings to pass great things in his church, by very weak and unlikely instruments, that the excellency of the power might the more evidently appear to be of God, and not of man. This he does, because of his enemies, that he may put them to silence.