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Message of the Day: God’s Majesty and Human Dignity

Text: Psalm 8:1-9 (NASB)

1O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries,
To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

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Key Verse: Psalm 8:1

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!

In Psalm 8, the psalter praises God, the Creator for he wonder of his sovereign ordering of the creation. Genesis 1 clearly provides the spectacles, but David speaks out of his present experience of reality. There two matters especially impressed him: (1) the glory of God reflected in the starry heavens, and (2) the astonishing condescension of God to be mindful of punny man, to crown him with glory almost godlike and to grant him lordly power over His creatures.

God is so great in majesty and power that nothing in the universe can challenge his sovereign rule. The praise of children may appear to be weak and simple, but thy are sufficient to silence God’s enemies. God uses what appears to be powerless to overcome all the hostile forces that his enemies can gather.

This majestic power of God is seen also in the vastness of the universe that he created. How amazing, therefore, that God should give to feeble insignificant human beings a position of dignity that makes them unique among all created things; for they alone are made in the image of God.

Human beings have a God-given authority that places them in charge of the physical world in which they live. Having been made in God’s image, they rule as God’s representatives. But they are not God; they are mere the image and representative og God. Their first duty is always to bring homage, worship, praise and glory to the Lord and God whom they serve.

Because of sin, the human race never fulfilled God’s purpose for it. Only in Christ can people be lifted out of the shame and hopelessness of sin, and enter into the glory that God intended for them.

Source:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

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