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(A psalm by David for the music leader.[a])

The Wonderful Name of the Lord

Our Lord and Ruler,
    your name is wonderful
    everywhere on earth!
You let your glory be seen[b]
    in the heavens above.
With praises from children
and from tiny infants,
    you have built a fortress.
It makes your enemies silent,
    and all who turn against you
    are left speechless.

I often think of the heavens
    your hands have made,
    and of the moon and stars
    you put in place.
Then I ask, “Why do you care
    about us humans?
    Why are you concerned
    for us weaklings?”
You made us a little lower
    than you yourself,[c]
    and you have crowned us
    with glory and honor.

You let us rule everything
    your hands have made.
And you put all of it
    under our power—
    the sheep and the cattle,
    and every wild animal,
    the birds in the sky,
the fish in the sea,
    and all ocean creatures.

Our Lord and Ruler,
    your name is wonderful
    everywhere on earth!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 8 leader: The Hebrew text adds “according to the gittith,” which may refer to either a musical instrument or a tune.
  2. 8.1 You. . . seen: Or “I will worship your glory.”
  3. 8.5 you yourself: Or “the angels” or “the beings in heaven.”

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