In Psalm 8, David extols the glory of Jehovah, and he marvels that God has been so mindful of man as to place the creation under his dominion. The context stresses man’s responsibility over the earth.
In discussing some of earth’s creatures, of which man is in charge, the writer mentions, ‘whatsoever passes through the paths of the seas’ (Psalm 8:8). This expression is interesting because the phrase contains a precise fact about the seas that David, whose experience was limited to a tiny country on the Mediterranean coast, could never have known from firsthand information.
It was not until the mid-nineteenth century that the discovery was made regarding currents (literally ‘paths’) in the sea. Continue reading