INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. In this Psalm, David not only uses nature to glorify the Lord, but he also uses a series of prophecies of past events and the future event of Christ’s first coming as a tool to bring honor and glory to the Lord also.
In our previous devotions we have looked at the references to nature that David uses to bring honor to the Christ. Now, for the next three devotional lessons, we will be using David’s first coming prophecies and their fulfillment to bring added glory to Christ. The three prophesies we will be looking at is found in:
- vs. 3 – Christ as Creator
- vs. 4-5 – Christ as Man
- vs. 6-8 – Christ as Sovereign Lord
(Please note in our previous verse by verse study we’ve looked at the prophecy of Christ found in vs 2. Because of this, we are not looking at this prophecy in this study.)
(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
Not only was man, prior to the fall, given rulership over the creation of God to use it, care for it and control it. But in a very special way, our Lord Jesus holds the position as Lord over all. This truth about Christ is brought out in many New Testament scriptures including…
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
“But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet…. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.”
“And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”
And many others.
Folks, Jesus is not only Lord over the creation of God as a whole, but He is also Lord over each one of us as individuals. As our Lord, we all must stand before Him and give an account for what we have done in our lives…
“For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
When we stand before the Lord, will we be able to stand innocently with the blood of Christ covering our sins? Or, will we stand with the guilt of our sins yet on our accounts? This is the great question we all must answer. The only remedy for our sins is the shed blood of Jesus Christ which covers our sins which is received through faith in Him.
If we are unsaved may we come to Christ by faith, trusting in Him as our Savior. If we are saved, may we share the good news of the gospel with the lost around us, trusting in the Lord to use our message to bring others to Him.
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