Verse of the Day 9-21-22

LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1-9

As you read through this psalm of David you will find four topics that are vital to us as Christians today: creation and the fact that God had a purpose for creating the world, prayer and more specifically the hymn or the prayer of praise, humanity as in the human nature, and finally revelation where we see David revealing God as the Author of Creation.

  1. Creation (Psalm 8:1-9) – God’s created world eloquently testifies to its Maker’s grandeur. From the starry universe on high to the small children, everything speaks of the Creator’s wisdom and resourcefulness. As we learn more about the universe, we can have the same confidence as David. Our world is so constructed that cooperation with its Creator and his revealed truth lead us to fulfillment in life. God continues to give seemingly insignificant humans astounding, controlling powers over his creation.
  2. Prayer (Psalm 8:1-9) – Our function as humans is to glorify God. The hymn or prayer or praise does that. God’s glory is above the heavens, seen in the heavens and revealed in the exalted position of humanity.
  3. Humanity (Psalm 8:3-8) – In comparison with the heavenly bodies, a person appears to be inconsequential. On the other hand, people are the crown of God’s creation. He has given us a responsible place in his created order that sets us just below him in importance. We do not earn such importance. It is not ours through some evolutionary process that makes us the rulers of our fate and the world’s. Human significance comes from the love and honor that God bestows.
  4. Revelation (Psalm 8:3-6) – Contemplating the nighttime sky, David gained new revelation concerning the smallness of human beings compared to the vastness of God’s creation. Smallness does not mean lack of power or importance. David lay awake long enough to grasp the reality of God’s purpose for people and creation. Such revelation is awe-inspiring.

    What then is the big take away from this short psalm. It is this: Human injustice and racial prejudices arise when men forget about the dignity of man as God created him. This psalm reminds us that God made man “a little lower than divine.” It reminds us of Genesis 1:26, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over…”

    When one remembers that each person in the world, without regard to his or her racial background or social status, has been created in God’s image, crowned with glory and honor, and given dominion over the works of God, it is unforgivable to degrade or dishonor that person.

    Today’s Bible Readings:

    Isaiah 37-38, Galatians 6, Psalm 65:1-13 and Proverbs 23:24

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