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choirs ; he finds he can confound his foes — all the seed of the
serpent, in hell and on earth (Psa. xliv. 1 6) — by hosannas from
"babes and sucklings." While "He sets his glory above the
heavens," He finds no less glory to His name on earth. Glo-
rious grace appears in choosing earth for the place of this
manifestation (ver. 1). Glorious grace appears again in his

* "Name is flie expression of his being, God existing secretly in himself is
nameless. M'oiifeslatloa and name are inseparable." — Hengxtenben/.



working amid the feeblest of our feeble race, and in confound-
ing the enemy and avenger by this display (ver. 2). Glorious
grace is seen dealing with man, the worm (tJ^'^J^i, ''sorry
man"), whose dwelling and whose place in the scale of creation
seem so low when compared with the heavens by day, lighted
up by their blazing sun, or the moon and stars by night, in
their silent maiesty (ver. 4). Glorious grace lifts up man
from his inferiority to angels (ver. 5). Glorious grace gives
man exaltation above angels, in giving him a Head, to whom
that whole world is subject, and on whom it leans. All that
was lost in Adam is gathered up in this Head : " Thou madest
Him to have dominion — thou hast put all things under his
feet." It is a sight that, seen even from afar, raises in the pro-
phetic Psalmist adoring wonder and delight, so that like the
"Amen" in Rev. vii. 12, that both prefaces and concludes the
angelic song, he begins and ends with the rapturous exclama-
tion, — "Jehovah, our Lord,* how excellent is thy name in


One difficulty in the Psalm may be solved by attending to
the apostolic use of it in Heb. ii. It is the clause, " Thou hast
made him a little lower than the angels." In Exod. xxii. 28,
the Avord signifies "judges ;" and so it seems to have been used
for other beings who are high and noble, viz., angels. For Heb.
i. 6 again renders the word, " angels." Some, however, would
fain keep DTl'^i^J in the sense of " God," and explain it to this
effect : " Thou madest him want little of God," raising him to
a super-earthly dignity. But let it be noted, that these inter-
pretations are all inconsistent with Heb. ii. 6-9. That passage
quotes this clause as referring to our Lord's humiliation, not
to his exaltation ; " We see Jesus, who has been crowned
{knfavMiMim) with glory and honour because of his suffering
death, — we see this Jesus made a little lower than angels, in

* The English Prayer-book version has it " our Governor,'" a rendering that
suits well with the scope of the whole. Luther's " Herr nnser Herrscher," is
better than our " Lord our Lord," and than the similar rendering of the Vulgate
and Septuagint. The Hebrew has the two distinct appellations ^TIlThi n'HT'
And notice, too, " Hoiu e.rcellent" "1''^^J) 's the same word as Jer. xxx. 21, '• his
^*^"'1^i noble one."


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