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Friday, January 11, 2013

Psalm 8: What is Man?

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

*One of the dominant messages of the Scriptures is that the Lord God is sovereign over his creation. The creation reflects his glory because it is his handiwork. It is perfectly under his control. No "big bang" theory could produce such a magnificent piece of clockwork as our universe. The more universes and galaxies the scientists discover only emphasizes the glory of the Lord God.
An increasing number of scientists are preferring to the intelligent "design" of biological systems, inferring that a creator–God is at work over against an evolutionary process. There is a Master designer behind the immense universe. The intelligent design is becoming increasingly evident to the skilled scientist.
The glory of God is magnified in his creation. The exalted position of man is the capstone of the entire universe.
Wonder of wonders is the fact the Lord God can hold the Milky Way in one hand and take infinite interest in me.*
*Taken From:

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
Psalm 8:2

*This psalm is a solemn meditation on, and admiration of, the glory and greatness of God, of which we are all concerned to think highly and honourably. It begins and ends with the same acknowledgment of the transcendent excellency of God’s name. It is proposed for proof that God’s name is excellent in all the earth, and then it is repeated as proved in the last verse. For the proof of God’s glory the psalmist gives instances of his goodness to man; for God’s goodness is his glory. God is to be glorified,
  1. (v. 1) For making known himself and his great name to us.
  2. (v. 2) For making use of the weakest of the children of men, by them to serve his own purposes
  3. (v. 3, 4) For making even the heavenly bodies useful to man.
  4. (v. 5-8) For making him to have dominion over the creatures in this lower world, and thereby placing him but little lower then the angels

This psalm is, in the New Testament, applied to Christ and the work of our redemption which he wrought out; the honor given by the children of men to him and the honor put upon the children of men by him, both in his humiliation, when he was made a little lower then the angels, and in his exaltation, when he was crowned with glory and honor.*
*Taken from

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
Psalm 8:3-5

God made so many things for us to use and enjoy. God even sent Jesus to suffer through trails of life. I spent 2 hours making this list of stuff that Jesus went through along with places in the bible that talk about how he suffered through things that we go through every day.
  • Betrayed (Mathew 26:14-16)
  • Friends didn't trust in him (Mark 14:66-71; Mark 16:14)
  • Made fun of (Luke 22:63-65)
  • Plotted against (Mathew 26:3-4)
  • Tempted (Mathew 4:1-11)
  • Rejected (Luke 4:20-30; Luke 23:20)
  • Doubted (Luke 8:23-25; John 11:1-16; Mathew 14:28-31; Mathew 16:1)
  • Ignored (Luke 10:38-42)
  • Not Been Thanked (Luke 17:11-16)
  • Forsaken (John 6:60-66; Luke 22:39-46)
  • Not Wanted (Luke 23:20)
  •  Friend/Family Died (Matthew 27:5; John 11:1-33; Matthew 14:1-12) (Judas, his disciple; Lazarus, his friend; John, his cousin)
  • Cried/Been Sad (John 11:35; Mark 14:34)
  • Disappointed (Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 14:32-41)

Jesus went through all of that and more, but he didn't sin. He never thought an ugly thought, or have a sinful rage. He was never ashamed. He never fought with his siblings, and he had at least six of them (Matthew 13:55-56; Mark 6:3). "what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" Man did nothing to be honored or respected or ever noticed by God

You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
Psalm 8:6-8

And you’d think we’d thank God for all of this and be really grateful. God has given us everything we need and then some. In fact, God loves us so much that angels wish they could be like us.

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
1 Peter 1:12

When a lot of angels rebelled against God, they were not given the chance be saved from their sin. Angels want God to care about them like God cares about us. You’re lucky to be human because God took the time to care about you. Angels serve God all of their life (unless they’re Satan’s Angels) and they never get to have a relationship with God the same way we do. They want that so bad.
When was the last time you thanked God for giving you the chance to be a Christian? Or food? Or the computer/phone you’re using to look at this?
Those angels that are watching over you right now (Psalm 91:9-12) are wishing that they could be you, because living with the sin that you live with is worth getting to know God the way that only you can.

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Psalm 8:9


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