(Psalm 8:1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.”
David, as well as many other servants of God, stand in awe of the “glory” of God in the text verse. In this verse, David used two different Hebrew words to address his Creator.
The first word is “LORD”; defined as “yehôvâh; yeh-ho-vaw’; From H1961; (the) self-Existent or eternal; Jehovah, (Jewish national name of God: – Jehovah, the Lord. Compare H3050, H3069). In the New Testament, Jehovah is Joshua or Jesus. When you read the KJV and see this Hebrew Word in all capital letters, “LORD,” in the Old Testament; it has reference to God as the “I AM, THAT I AM.” This is the definition given to Moses by God at the Burning Bush (Ex. 3:13b-14); “the Self-Existent One.”
This definition given to Moses by God Himself, is very revealing of Who God is as the Deliverer of God’s people in bondage. This Name is the revelation of the Redemptive Nature of God to His people. It was “Jehovah” that sought out Adam and Eve, as they were trying to hide from God in the Garden after they had sinned against God by transgressing the law of God not to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And it was Jehovah that clothed both Adam and Eve with the skin of an animal (Gen. 3:21). This covering of Adam and Eve, as they were trying to hide from God, types out the Covering by the Blood of the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) for the sin debt of the people of God on The Cross of Calvary (Jn. 1:29; Eph. 1:7; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24). At every Altar; in every blood sacrifice in the Old Testament where the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat above the Ark in the Holy of Holies – God met His people. This pointed to Jesus Christ, Who is our Altar, Who is our Sacrifice; The Mercy Seat, even His own Body, Where and Who is the Atonement for our sin debt (Rom. 3:24-29; 5:1-2); whereby, sinners were reconciled, redeemed and justified, as He is the Passover Lamb for His people (1 Cor. 5:7b).
The Second Word is “Lord”; not in capital letters – but in lower case letters. This Hebrew word is, ‘âdôn; aw-done’, aw-done’; From an unused root (meaning to rule); sovereign, that is, controller (human or divine): – lord, master, owner. Compare also names beginning with “Adoni-”. This Hebrew word, points then to the fact that Jehovah is the Sovereign, the Controller, the Lord, even the Master or Owner. Therefore, not only is Jesus Christ the Savior, or Redeemer, of Israel; but, this same Redeemer is the Lord (or Master, or Owner) of His People Israel. The New Testament Greek Word for Lord is, “κύριος; kurios; koo’-ree-os; From κῦρος kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title): – God, Lord, master, Sir.”
This understanding is so enlightening to the child of God in considering the Doctrine of Headship of Jesus Christ, the First Born, Head of the Body of Christ. (Read 1 Cor. 11:1-3; Eph.1:22; 4:15; 5:23-31; Col 2:10; 19; 1 Peter 2:7.) Every child of God is brought to surrender to not only to Christ as their Sacrifice, Substitute and Savior; but, also as their Sovereign, Lord, Master and Owner of their body, soul and spirit.
Can you say with King David, “O LORD our Lord” or “O Jehovah our Master; our Owner; our Sovereign Ruler”? To say these words in truth; you must first know that Jesus (or Jehovah) is your Sacrifice for your sin debt (Eph. 1:7); your Substitute to stand in your place and receive the wrath of God upon, or because of, your sin (2 Cor. 5:21); and your Savior that has delivered you from the curse of the law (spiritual death) (Gal. 3:13). Secondly, David acknowledged the relationship he had with Jehovah; in that the indwelling Christ was his Head, Master, Ruler and Authority; that He was his Commander-in-Chief; and that he was to submit and obey His Word. As such (that is, as Jehovah was to King David), so, Christ is to you. Your body, soul and spirit are God’s; and your entire being and actions are to please Him, as you obey and keep His Commandments (Jn. 14:15; 13:34-35; 1 Jn. 3:23-24; 1 Cor. 6:19-20); for this Same Jesus (or Jehovah) is also your Lord (Owner, Master, Ruler and Authority).
It is so sad in the Church today, that all the Christians, the followers of Christ, say: ‘Yes, He is my Savior and my Ruler.’ However, the actions of many of the professors of Jesus prove differently. That is, their fruits are not the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
But, notice what the Apostle Paul wrote in (Gal.5:24) “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” The Apostle says very plainly, that if you are of Christ (or if Christ lives in you), then you have “crucified the flesh.” That is, you are no longer being controlled by your flesh (or sin); but, you are being controlled by the Holy Spirit. You are no longer walking and living in the lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and the pride of life (which are of this evil world); but, you are walking by faith, filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
The Attitude of the Surrendered, Submitted, Obedient, and Enduring child of God in the Commandment of Christ is, O LORD, is our Lord.