Psalm 8 (Psalms on the Trail)


"O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens." Psalm 8:1

“O Lord, our Sovereign,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!  

You have set your glory above the heavens.”  

Psalm 8:1

Reflection:  For long stretches on the AT one can walk through a “green tunnel” and not be able to notice what is going on in the sky above.  More than once an ominous thundercloud went undetected until suddenly crashing too close for comfort.  Many evenings colorful sunsets went unappreciated because the sky was hidden behind a screen of trees.  But then there were times when the night or day sky was simply glorious, and I was amazed to be living outdoors under such a display.  Back in ordinary life, I am often too busy living in my “human tunnel” and forget that my spiritual DNA is to look up and “glorify God and enjoy God forever.” (Westminster Catechism).   But the psalmists don’t let me forget for long.  They may lament deeply and they may ask for help persistently, but they are at their best when  bursting out with praise for God.    They drag me into their joy where I belong.


1. Take this verse with you and ponder its meaning for you throughout the day.  What do you notice?  What do you wonder? (Clicking on photo enlarges it.)  Is there a song God is inviting you to sing?

2. Or read all of Psalm 8 to discover how this verse fits into the psalm or to discover a different verse.

3. Or comment with a photo of your own that illustrates this verse’s meaning for you.

Tomorrow’s verse:  Psalm 9:2

Starting January 1, 2016, for 150 days I am posting a daily psalm verse with a photo that is a visual meditation on the text for me.  Each day a verse from the next psalm is chosen until all 150 psalms have been featured.   To participate you may subscribe to my blog at or “friend” me on Facebook and watch for the daily links to blog posts.  Disclaimer:  I am not a photographer and most of the photos are from a cell phone or small camera while hiking the Appalachian Trail or the C&O Canal/Great Allegheny Passage Trail.


  1. Richard Dent says:

    (from R.Dent) NOTE: for those of you who were missing the “speak your mind” box for comments, I’ve corrected that. All posts should now be accepting comments. I just recently made a major change to Elaine’s blog and some options did not get turned back on correctly.