When I Consider (Poem on Psalm 8)

I recently posted a poetic version of Psalm 150 which you can read here – Psalm 150 Poetry.

At church this week I was inspired to write this poetic version of Psalm 8. Here’s the poem, and after the text of the Scripture.


How wonderful You are!

The greatness of Your Name

Throughout all the earth

Is Your magnificent fame

When I consider

The works of Your hands

The moon, and the stars,

All the seas and lands.

What am I before You?

A mere human being

A son of man

All my cares You are seeing

I am less than a god

And lower than an angel

Yet crowned with such honour

Your glory I’ll tell

You made me a ruler

Over the works of Your hands

All creation is beneath me

From the snows to the sands

The sheep and the oxen

The wild beasts too

The fish of the sea

And the birds that flew

How magnificent, how wonderful

Is Your Name on high

Let all the earth praise!

From the ground to the sky!

Yahweh, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

    You have set your glory above the heavens!

2 From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength,

    because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,

    the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;

4 what is man, that you think of him?

    What is the son of man, that you care for him?

5 For you have made him a little lower than the angels,[a]

    and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You make him ruler over the works of your hands.

    You have put all things under his feet:

7 All sheep and cattle,

    yes, and the animals of the field,

8     the birds of the sky, the fish of the sea,

    and whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

9 Yahweh, our Lord,

    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8 (WEB)

One thought on “When I Consider (Poem on Psalm 8)

  1. lovely re-write – thanks Andy for sharing this

    we used to do an exercise with a full congregation with the Lord’s prayer

    we’d point out how it was a great template for prayer, and was meant to inspire us to more than just repeating it without thinking about the words we were speaking and/or had memorised.

    and then we’d get the church family to rewrite our own version of it.

    always went down well, and the words we came up with were always so powerful!

    twas great to get people to action the idea of putting Jesus’ words into action

    Andy B

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