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“Come And See What God Hath Done”

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“Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.” – (Psalms 66:5 ESV)

 

 

In the context of Psalms 66:, the Psalmist invites all of us to see the great things God hath done as He delivered the children of Israel from the bondage of the Egyptians.  Folks, some of the Lord’s greatest displays of His power and mercy were on display as He brought the ten plagues upon the Egyptians which resulted in Israel’s release.

However, this was not the greatest display of His power and mercy found in the Bible.  In a small city in Israel, Bethlehem, God the Son willingly came to the earth to live among sinners in the face of temptation, abuse and mockery.  And then, motivated by love, He chose to willingly die to redeem those sinners.

In my mind, this is the greatest display of power and mercy that we find recorded in the Bible:

  1. His power was on display as He defeated death, sin, Satan and the powers of darkness during His life and through His death.
  2. His mercy was displayed as He humbled Himself, came to the earth as a babe and then faced mockery and abuse all His life, culminating in His greatest act of love and mercy, His death on the cross for sinners.

Folks this wondrous act of willingly coming to the earth, humbly, as a babe, is the reason why we celebrate the Christmas holiday season.  It is simply a time set apart by man to remember this great event that took place in history… the coming of God to the earth as a man to redeem His people from their sins!

 

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).  – Matt 1:23 (ESV)

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:11 (ESV)

 

May we all have a very blessed Christmas season as we take time out from our regular schedules to remember the birth of God the son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the perfect gift of love given to us by our Heavenly Father…

 

Let us all “Come and See What He Hath Done”!

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“My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”  (Psalms 73:26)

God’s Word: Believe It Or Deny It… But Don’t Twist It!

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INTRODUCTION:

Over the years I have seen people believe God’s Word and see their need to come to Christ for forgiveness and salvation from their sins.  Also, I have seen many people make a decision to not believe God’s word, ignore its warnings and continue to live a life that is separated from Christ and characterized by the practice of sin.  We all must make the choice to either believe the Word and apply it to our lives, or ignore its message and the offer of salvation that lies in its pages.

But sadly, there is another group of people whom I have seen that choose to make an attempt to  change the Word of the Lord and twist its meaning and its message.  They do this in an attempt to make it align with their own personal morals, philosophies and carnal desires.  They come to a sinful faith in their version of God’s Word, while in affect denying the true gospel message that it contains.

In this study we will be looking at the Scriptural teachings on the need to refrain from attempting to change His Word to meet our carnal desires.

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 119:160 – Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

2 Tim 4:3-4 – For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Peter 3:16 – As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

 

TODAY’S LESSON:

 

Psa 119:160 – Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Many years ago, King David understood that God’s Word, in its entirety was “true”.  The Hebrew word translated true in this verse refers to something that is trustworthy and certain.  Folks, the reliability of God’s Word is no small issue indeed.  If we cannot depends on the Word in its entirety, we have no assurance of Christ’s existence, identity, or work done on our behalf.  This leads us to understand that we then have absolutely no assurance of our salvation nor of an eternity that awaits us.

King David then continues  by telling us that God’s Word “endureth” forever.   In other words, it remains in existence, and affect, throughout all time and into eternity.  What a blessing this is for all of us.  We can know that not only is God’s Word reliable, but it remains reliable throughout the ages! Never will there be a time when God’s Word will no longer be dependable.  It is only in this truth that we can have eternal confidence of our salvation and the home that awaits us on the New Heavens and Earth.

Sadly, those who seek to change God’s Word, and twist its meaning, are living in denial of its truthfulness and endurance.

 

2 Tim 4:3-4 – For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Paul, in his writings, prophesied of a day when men would “not endure sound doctrine”, “heap to themselves teachers having itching ears”,  “turn away their ears from the truth”, and finally ‘be turned unto fables”.   In other words, because their sinful natures and desires they did not desire to hear the truths of God’s Word.  Instead, they sought out false teachers who substituted the truths of the Word with “fables”.  The Hebrew word used for fables refers to fictional tales.

When a man is convicted due to their sinful condition, instead of turning from their sin and looking to Christ as their Lord and Savior, they simply attempt to change the truths of the Word which relieves their conscience and allows them to continue living their sinful lifestyles.  When this takes place they no longer see their need to repent and come to Christ.

 

2 Peter 3:16 – As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Peter confirms the writings of Paul when he says that, even in his day, there were those “that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”   These men were “wresting”,  i.e. twisting or perverting, the teachings of the Scriptures “unto their own destruction”.

Folks, as difficult as it may be to come face to face with our sinful condition and need of Christ, it is far better than to change God’s Word, twisting its content and meaning resulting in a soothed conscience in the midst of our sins which separates us from Christ, keeps us under His wrath, and condemns us eternally.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, the message of the Word is clear, either accept the Word as eternal truth from God, or look upon it as a collection of error filled human writings, but under no circumstances should we attempt to change it to make it more palatable to our personal whims and sinful tastes.

When we simply choose to believe the Word, or deny it, we are responding to the Scriptural responsibility that God has laid on us.  This allows us to clearly see our standing before the Lord.

For those of us who believe His Word and apply it to our lives resulting in a Godly repentance and belief in Christ, we know our sins have been forgiven and we are secure in Him.

For those who choose to deny His Word and reject its teachings, they can clearly see that they have never accepted the gospel message, and therefore never come a saving faith in Christ.  They are yet lost in their sins and stand guilty before the Almighty God who is the Eternal Judge over all mankind.  This knowledge can then be the basis of consistent guilt and conviction which can later drive them to Christ.

However, when they try to twist the Word to meet their own personal preferences, they are, in effect, fooling themselves into thinking that they are right with God.  They are telling themselves that they are living according to God’s Word and in good standing before Him.  Yet, in reality, they are under the bondage of sin, possessing a carnal assurance of a nonexistent salvation.  They have blinded themselves from the truth and have made themselves “two-fold more the children of hell”. They are living with a false sense of spiritual security when, in actuality, are doomed to eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.

Lord help anyone of us who have chosen this path of self-deception and self-assurance for our lives.

 

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Psalm 8:1-9 – “Christ In Psalm 8:” (Christ As Sovereign Lord)

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:

  1. vs. 3 – Christ as Creator
  2. vs. 4-5 – Christ as Man
  3. 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.)

 

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

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…

 

Mat 28:18

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

 

1Co 15:23-27

“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.

 

Rev 5:11-13

“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.

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

 

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…

 

Rom 14:9-12

“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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Psalm 8:1-9 – “Christ In Psalm 8:” (Christ As Man)

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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:

  1. vs. 3 – Christ as Creator
  2. vs. 4-5 – Christ as Man
  3. 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.)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

In our previous study, King David reminded us of God’s great grace in thinking about and intervening in the life of fallen, sinful, rebellious mankind.

However, when we look at the New Testament scriptures, we can see that God “visited” man in the person of Jesus Christ, as found in this description of God’s sending Christ to save sinful mankind…

 

Luk 1:68-69

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for HE HATH VISITED and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;…”

 

This thought continues in the next verse….

 

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

When we compare these verses to Hebrews 2:7-9, we can see that, once again, they clearly speak of Jesus at His first coming to the earth…

“Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:  Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.  BUT WE SEE JESUS, WHO WAS MADE A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS FOR THE SUFFERING OF DEATH, CROWNED WITH GLORY AND HONOUR; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”

Once again, we can see not only is David speaking of mankind being given a place of high honor above God’s creation, but also, it is prophetically speaking of Jesus Christ at His first coming to the earth to redeem sinners.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Christ’s humanity is described in great detail in Philippians 2:7-11…

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:   That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Christ was made “in the likeness” of man so that He might be able to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of His people.  This speaks to us of the great love and grace of both the Father and the Son.  God the Father willingly gave His Son to be a sacrifice for us; while the Son willingly humbled Himself and gave His life for us.

This emphasizes the truth of God’s great loving grace which was shown to fallen, sinful mankind!

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Psalm 8:1-9 – “Christ In Psalm 8:” (Christ As Creator)

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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 presents to us a series of three truths about Christ that 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 truths we will be looking at is found in:

  1.  vs. 3 – Christ as Creator
  2. vs. 4-5 – Christ as Man
  3. 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.)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

Normally, when we think of the Creator of this world and all that is in it, we think of God the Father.  However, the Bible makes it plain that all three persons of the Godhead played an active role in this world’s creation:

  1. God The Father – Isa 64:8, Ephesians 3:9
  2.  God The Son – John 1:1-3, John 1:10, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 1:15-17, Hebrews 1:2
  3. God The Holy Spirit – Job 33:4, Genesis 1:2

In a very general way, it can be said that God the Father planned the universe, Christ’s work brought it into existence, and the Holy Spirit gave creation the life that is within it.

Based upon this, when David talks about the world being “the work of thy fingers”, he seems to be speaking of Jesus work of actually bringing the world into existence.  If we look at some of the verses that describes the work of Christ in creation we will see that The Father used Christ  to bring about His plans of creation…

1Co 8:6 – “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, BY WHOM ARE ALL THINGS, AND WE BY HIM.”

Eph 3:9 – “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, WHO CREATED ALL THINGS BY Jesus Christ:”

Heb 1:2 – “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, BY WHOM ALSO HE MADE THE WORLDS;”

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, in Psalm 8:3, we have seen Christ exalted as Creator of all things.  The very same Lord that chose to come into this sinful world and redeem His people from their sins, is the very same Lord that we serve,  and the very same Lord that will come again someday.

This is the very same Lord that created us and sustained us every day.   May we all praise and honor the Lord for all He has done for us and may we continue to trust Him daily as we seek to lives our lives for Him.

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Psalm 8:9: The Excellency Of The Lord: “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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.  By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory.  May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

O LORD our Lord,

In this Psalm, David reminds us of some very important truths: 

  1. “who hast set thy glory above the heavens” – His glory is displayed in the daytime and nighttime skies.
  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.”  – He uses the small and seemingly insignificant to bring honor to Himself and defeat His most powerful enemies.
  3. “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;” – The skies reveal His glory and His sovereignty as His plans from eternity past are brought to partial completion with the creation of the heavens.
  4. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” – Based upon the Lord’s greatness, we must ask ourselves why He thinks about and makes the effort to intervene in our lives.
  5. “For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” – Above thinking about man and intervening in his life, the Lord also created man in an exalted position of authority over, and respect from, God’s creation.
  6. “Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” – God gave mankind the great threefold responsibility over nature: to rule over, to use, and to care for nature
  7. “All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;” – Man’s authority over nature includes all earthly animal life.
  8.  “The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.” – Man’s authority also extended to all air and water life.

As we think on these things they establish the truth that the our God is Lord over all.  He possesses Kingly rule; He is merciful and gracious; He is All powerful and wise; and finally, His glory can be seen in every areas of nature, which is His creation.  

Based upon all of these truths, we can come to the certain conclusion that …. 

 

how excellent is thy name in all the earth! 

The Lord’s name (a reflection of His person and works) is “glorious”, “beautiful” and “worthy”.  What David as just told us about the Lord proves it.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

When we started this study our desire was to recognize and meditate upon the greatness of our wonderful Lord, and then give Him praise for His greatness in our thoughts, words, and actions.

King David has certainly given us all the information we need to praise and honor our Lord throughout our lifetime!  May we all praise Him throughout the rest of our lives!

This brings an end to our verse-by verse study of Psalm 8… but wait… there’s more.  Not only does this Psalm bring us face to face with many of the wonderful glories of our Lord, but it also gives us three basic truths about Christ presented to us in this Psalm.

In the next three parts of our study, we will be looking at these truths about Christ  as they were written by King David!

 

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Psalm 8:8: The Excellency Of The Lord: “Fowl…Fish… Whatsoever Passeth Through Channel Of Sea””

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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.  By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory.  May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

Not only does man’s rule over the animal kingdom involve land dwelling animals but also the animals that dwell in the air and the seas.  King David breaks these groups of animals down using the general terms:

  1. “the fowl of the air” including all the birds of the skies
  2. “The fish of the sea” – including all the many types of fish (both fresh and slat water)
  3. “Whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas” – This would include any water life that is not classified as fish. Shrimp, crab, oyster, etc etc.

Once again we can see how all of God’s creatures, whether land, air or sea dwelling were given unto man to meet the needs of man, while caring and not abusing them.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all thank the Lord for giving mankind the wonderful gift of nature and the rulership over it to supply all of mankind’s needs!

 

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Psalm 8:7: The Excellency Of The Lord: “All”

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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.  By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory.  May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

As King David describes the creation over which mankind was given rulership. In this verse, and the following, he makes it plain that ALL of the animal kingdom was originally subordinate to mankind…

 

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

Please note, in the case of the sheep and oxen, David is describing animals that are used by man for:

  1. sheep -necessities for living (food, clothing etc)
  2. oxen – manual labor (plowing, bearing burdens etc.)

 

But David goes further.  He then lists “beasts of the field” as also being placed under man’s control.  This phrase speaks of “a mute, or dumb beast) in other words, those which are more strong willed, less likely to understand the commands of man, and therefore more difficult to control.  This speaks of beasts such as (lions, bears etc) which are much more difficult to be tamed and used by man.

Based upon his list, King David names both domesticated animals and wild animals as being placed under man’s rulership.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Let’s take time to stop and consider the great blessing that the Lord has bestowed upon mankind… He created the animals found in nature for the express purpose of meeting the needs of mankind.

Throughout the centuries what would mankind have done without the use of animals to supply their food, clothing, mode of transportation and as the source of much power to labor in the fields and areas of industry?

Many, many of mankind’s absolute life necessities have been supplied by the animal kingdom throughout the years.

Then, stop and think about those animals which are very difficult to tame. Prior to the fall of man, they were completely under the control of mankind.  What a sight it must have been to see the lions and bears obeying every command of Adam and Eve!

But also consider that even after the fall, the Lord has graciously reserved many species of animals to remain easily controlled and used by mankind.  Following man’s rebellion against Him, He could have allowed all the animals to be wild and very difficult to control.  How difficult would it be for man to attempt to use wool from sheep that are as dangerous as lions, or get milk from cows who are as uncontrollable as crocodiles!

However, He graciously reserved some of the animal kingdom to reamin soft-hearted and easily domesticated so that man’s need would continue to be supplied even after the fall.

 

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Psalm 8:6: The Excellency Of The Lord: “Thou Hast Put All Things Under His Feet”

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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.  By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory.  May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

King David continues to describe mankind’s position that they held prior to the fall…

 

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;  

The Lord gave to man authority to control and to rule over the Lord’s creation.  This includes both ruling over, caring for, and using the Lord’s creation for mankind’s benefit.   This is clearly brought out in Genesis 1:26-28…

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

 

Please note the three-fold responsibility (and opportunity) that man was given over nature:

  1. He was to rule over (control) nature… “let them have dominion over” (vs 26); “and have dominion” (vs 28).  In other words, bring it under man’s control.
  2. He was to use nature for his benefit… “and subdue it” (vs 28) in other words, to control for man’s use and profit.
  3. He was to care for it and not abuse it… “replenish the earth” (vs 28) in other words, cause nature to flourish, cause it to propagate.

 

thou hast put all things under his feet:

At creation, mankind was given a perfect type of ruler ship over God’s creation.  Nature was his to use, not to abuse; nature was his to sustain him, not deplete him; nature was his to benefit him, not harm him; nature was his to aid him, not hinder him.  This was mankind’s intended relationship to nature.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

This is the type of rulership over nature for which mankind was originally created.  Sadly, this perfect type of rule was lost in the fall of mankind…

Man no longer possess a perfect type of dominion over nature.  Now, many times, nature depletes man; it harms him, and hinders him… all of this is taking place while mankind is abusing nature and wastefully depleting it to satisfy his own selfish lusts.  These are all results of mankind’s choice to rebel against the Lord in the Garden of Eden.

After the Lord gave to mankind the blessing of exaltation over His creation, mankind responded by choosing to rebel against Him. In spite of mankind’s rebellion against Him, the Lord still has chosen to look down to mankind, showing them mercy and personally intervening in their lives. In doing so, He gives to them the understanding of their need to repent and grants them faith in Him.

What a wonderful Lord we serve!

 

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Psalm 8:5: The Excellency Of The Lord: “For Thou Hast Made Him… And Crowned Him”

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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.  By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory.  May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,

Mankind was originally created with a fleshly, human nature that places them lower than the angels who only possess a spiritual nature.  This is the same fleshly, human nature that was given to Christ at His incarnation (Heb 2:9).

Both man and Christ (due to their human nature) entered the world CAPABLE of sin.  However, mankind willingly committed sin (1 Tim 2:13-14), while Christ successfully opposed sin in His life remaining sinless (Hebs 4:15).

 

and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

God not only made man with a human nature, but he also made man with “glory” (authority and influence) over the rest of His creation, and “honor” (beauty and respect) from His creation.  God made man with a perfect rule over His creation, with creation perfectly obeying man.

Originally, in the Garden of Eden, the creation was in perfect harmony with mankind.  Adam and Eve were not faced with animal attacks or animal disobedience to man’s commands, etc.  Mankind held authority over God’s creation and creation respected their authority with perfect submission to their commands.

After God had made mankind in an exalted, honored position, but due to mankind’s choice, all of this changed at the fall.  No longer did mankind perfectly rule, but now his rule was corrupted and only partially obeyed by creation.  All of this lies at the doorstep of mankind.  Mankind is fully responsible for this great change…

Ecc 7:29 – Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

Psa 14:1-3 – To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

In this verse David has reviewed the origin of mankind, their human nature, and their exalted position over creation.

He was created perfectly, yet capable of sin due to his human nature.  Although placed in an exalted position over nature, he chose to rebel against God which resulted in his fall.

By understanding this, we can see the Lord’s grace in saving mankind emphasized once again. God made man perfect, man chose to disobey God, and yet God saw fit to intervene and save those who had chosen to rebel against Him!

He has graciously intervened in our lives, saved us and watches over us… even though we chose to disobey Him and mock the very blessings and exalted position we received at creation.

What a wonderful Lord that we serve!

 

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Psalm 8:4: The Excellency Of The Lord: “What is Man?”

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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.  By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory.  May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

What is man, that thou art mindful of him?

King David, when he thinks about the greatness of His Lord, is reminded of man’s inability, sinfulness, and irrelevance.

This leads him to ask His God, “Why do you remember man and give place in your thoughts to him?  Man is sinful, disobedient, impotent, and of no spiritual value apart from you.”  In this question David is emphasizing the THOUGHTS of the Lord.

But King David does not stop there, he then asks the Lord another question to emphasize his point…

 

and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

“Lord, why do you go to, and care for those who are born of human, fallen, sinful parents?”

Here, David is not speaking of the Lord’s thoughts but of His ACTIONS towards sinful man.  The Lord not only places His thoughts upon man, but He also actively goes to man and lovingly intervenes in his life.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, these are two very important questions that we all need to be considering.  Why does the Lord think about us, seek us, and then graciously intervene in our lives?  After considering the Lord’s greatness, David came to understand the Lord does these things not based upon anything in us.

We do not deserve His gracious intervention nor can we merit it through any good works we might do.  He intervenes in our lives only because He mercifully chooses to do so. May we all praise and honor the Lord this day for His wondrous thoughts and actions that He has shown towards us!

 

Rom 3:23-28 –

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.’

 

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Psalm 8:2: The Excellency Of The Lord: “hast thou ordained strength”

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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.  By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory.  May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies,”

Here, we find a prophecy given by King David that was fulfilled in the time of Christ’s first coming…

 

Matt 21:14-17 – “And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.  

And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,  And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say?

And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? 

And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.”

 

In this Matthew passage, we see Jesus working great healing miracles in the Jewish temple.  These miracles were being done to confirm that Jesus was the promised Messiah to all who witnessed them.

Among those present during these miracles were unbelieving chief priests and scribes who were displeased at the accrediting miracles that were being performed by Christ.  Keep in mind, these Jewish leaders were unbelievers who were denying the deity of Christ, His divine sonship, His identity as the Messiah, the promised King of Israel.

Also among the people present were the unbiased children who were watching the wondrous miracles Jesus performed.  Upon seeing these miracles they proclaimed “Hosanna to the Son of David”, in the midst of the enemies of Christ.  

This is the event of which King David spoke. In this event, we see the Lord using the young, innocent children to mightily praise Him.  While the “wise” spiritual leaders of the nation of Israel totally misunderstood the identity and personhood of Christ, these young children saw Jesus for whom He was, the true Messiah, the Son of God, the descendent of David who was destined to rule over His people for an eternity.

 

“that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”

Christ used these innocent, unbiased children to proclaim truths about Him that would put to rest all the arguments and words of jealousy and hatred spoken by these spiritual leaders.

Christ describes these spiritual leaders as:

  1. enemies – those who oppose, those who hate
  2. avengers – those who hold grudges, those who seek to avenge

Both of these titles are great names for the unbelieving Jewish leaders of Christ’s day. Who both opposed His ministry, hated Him and His teachings, held grudges and jealousies against Him, and sought to take their vengeance out upon Him.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks let us all praise and honor our Lord for His use of the weak and insignificant to strongly defeat those who oppose Him.

Keep in mind, the Lord does not only use the literal children to bring honor and praise to Him but also all of us who are weak and humble among us.  He does this to be a constant reminder that it is Christ working in us to bring about all spiritual victories, these victories are not gained through anything found in us…

 

1Co 1:26-29

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”

It is this principle that allows us to be used of the Lord for His glory and honor.  After all, are we not all weak and impotent in our acts of service to Him?  In that sense, are we not all “babes” in His service and our understanding of Him?

Mat 11:25

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

 

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Psalm 8:3: The Excellency Of The Lord: “when I consider Thy heavens”

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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.  By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory.  May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,

King David’s mind turns to the vast glories of the heavens.  As he views and reflects upon the heavens, he remembers that they were all created by his God.  As David thought on these things, he was reminded of the Lord’s glory, power, and His deity.

 

Psa 19:1

“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”

 

Rom 1:20

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

 

the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;”

King David draws our attention to the lights found in the night sky… the moon and the stars.  David emphasizes that the Lord is the One that “ordained” (established, founded, arranged) them.    This helps us to see that, not only did the Lord create them, but He did so based upon His plans and counsels from eternity past.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, in this verse, David reminds us of the great glory of our Lord as it is revealed to us in the skies.  Simply by looking at the skies we can see the Jesus’s glory, power, deity, wisdom and lordship over all.

As we progress through our day, may we all remember the wondrous glory of the Lord and understand the preeminent place of the Lord in our lives and the world as a whole. May we dedicate our lives to Him and live for Him from this point forward, knowing that the heavens reveal His great glory and honor to all those that gaze upon them.

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Psalm 8:1: The Excellency Of The Lord: “how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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.  By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory.  May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“O LORD our Lord,

In the opening phrase of this Psalm, King David uses two different Hebrew titles to address the Most High God… “LORD” and “Lord”:

  1. The title “LORD” is translated from the Hebrew word for Jehovah, the personal name for our God.  It speaks of God as the self-existent One, pointing to His strength, eternal existence, and self-sufficiency.  In other words, the Lord’s existence is not reliant upon anyone or anything.  Because He is all-powerful He is self-existent, He can exist in and of Himself alone, His eternal existence proves this.
  2. The title “Lord” is translated from the Hebrew word for master, controller, or owner.  It describes our God as the Ruler of our lives and the Controller of all the events that take place in this world.

  

how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

The Lord’s “name” is mentioned by King David.  Please keep in mind our name is a title that describes us.  “Father”, “Mother”, “Son”, “Daughter”, “Accountant”, “Pastor”, “Rich”, “Poor” are all titles that teach others much about us.  These are our names.

The meaning of “excellent” can be best described by the words “glorious”, “beautiful” and “worthy”.  When we stop and think about the titles of our God, “Lord”, “Creator”, “Sovereign”, “Alpha and Omega” etc etc. we see they teach us much about the wondrous nature and workings of our Lord.   This is why all the titles of God are “excellent”.

However, in the context, King David is describing the title of “LORD” as the excellent title held by the Lord.  When we read that The Lord is the self-existent One, it heaps glory upon Him, it makes Him look beautiful, and it proclaims to all of us His great worth.

Truly how excellent is the name of the LORD in all the earth!  No other one can rightfully hold this title or be described as “self-existing One”.

 

who hast set thy glory above the heavens.”

King David now gives us and illustration of the greatness of the LORD…

Simply look up at the skies and see all the glories it contains.  In the daytime, notice the wonderfully bright sun that enlightens the world.  Look at the miracles of the birds who can soar and fly for seemingly hours on end.  See the puffy white clouds that paint our sky with relaxing beauty.

And then at night, look at the details of the stars and planets that are hung there. Be amazed by the displays of the Northern lights, a meteor shower, or the full moon that dimly enlightens the earth.

And, finally, realize that His glory far exceeds all the glories of this atmosphere and the outer space above it.  This is how glorious and wondrous our Lord is, when we see Him as His names reveal Him to us.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, today, let us all stop and think about the many names of our wonderful LORD, dwell on His greatness and then praise Him for it…

Psa 148:11-14 –

“Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:  Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:  Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.  He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.”

 

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Psalm 8:1-9: The Excellency Of The Lord: Introduction

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION 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.  By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

 

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory.  May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

 

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Psa 8:1-9

(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!

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.”

Although this opening introductory sentence is not a part of the inspired Scriptures, we can learn a bit about Psalm 8…

 

First of all, we see that David wrote this Psalm to be sung during times of worship.  This is why he gave it to “the chief Musician”.

 

Secondly, we can also learn that this Psalm was meant to be used “upon Gittith”.  A first glance, this may seem to be describing some Jewish feast or celebration upon which this Psalm was meant to be sung.  However, according to most scholars, “Gittith” does not speak of a celebration at all, but instead it speaks of the type of musical instrument, or tune that was to be used in the singing of this Psalm.

Please notice that the root word of “Gittith” literally means “a Gittite” or “an inhabitant of Gath”.  Gath was a city located in Philistia, the land of the Philistines.  Keep in mind, David spent time living with the Philistines and could easily be acquainted with the musical instruments and tunes that they played.  This instrument, or tune, is probably to what the term “Gittith” refers.

 

Finally, the author of this Psalm is identified as King David.  Although most scholars have no idea when this Psalm was written, its contents seems to be based upon David’s remembrances of his days as a shepherd boy, living among nature, viewing the wonders of the night sky as he laid down to sleep and viewing the greatness of this earth and its inhabitants during the daylight hours as he watched his father’s sheep.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, how often do we take the time to stop and simply worship and praise at the Lord “in the beauty of His holiness” (1 Chr 16:29, 2 Chr 20:21)?   Now is our “big chance” to do just that!

By God’s grace let us all take a moment before we begin each devotional lesson to rid our mind of the temporal, earthly concerns that we face, and prepare to see the Lord in all His glory.

I am seeking His enabling grace to present a very dim view of His greatness to all of us in this short series from Psalm 8.  Truly without Him I can do nothing, but through Him I can do all things.

May He bless all of us as we seek to come before Him, and bow down, and kneel before our Lord our Maker…

 

Psa 95:6-9 – “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,  Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.“

 

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“Settled In Heaven’s 6th Anniversary”

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Psa 105:1-3 – “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.   Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.   Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.”

 

Today, April 28th, is the sixth anniversary of Settled In Heaven Ministries.  Over the past 6 years, the Lord has graciously allowed and enabled us to proclaim His Word through the SIH internet-based ministries.  To honor Him and thank Him for His gracious intervention in this ministry, I would like us to look at three short verses from Psalm 105:

 

(1)  O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Two of the greatest ways we can show our appreciation TO OTHERS for all that the Lord has done for us is:

 

  1. “call upon his name” –

The phrase “to call upon” can refer to a few different ideas.  It can mean “to invite”, “to call for help” or “to proclaim publicly”.   Any of these three can flow from a heart of appreciation for the Lord.

Do we invite our Lord to use His spirit to control every aspect of our life?  Do we invite Him to come and use us as He sees fit?  These are ways for Christians to express our thanks for all He has done for us.

Do we look to our Lord in times of need?  Do we refuse to take the “easy way out” of problems, but instead, ask the Lord for grace to help us do what is pleasing and honorable to Him in any given situation?   If so, we are saying “Thank You” to the Lord for all He has done for us.

Do we unashamedly tell others about our Lord and who He is?  When the opportunity arises, are we willing to risk our relationship with a loved one or a friend to share with them their sinful condition, their inability to save themselves. and their desperate need of Christ?  When we do these things we are declaring our gratefulness to Him through self-sacrifice showing His love to others.

 

  1. “make known his deeds among the people”

The second way that we can show our appreciation for the Lord and all He has done for us is by telling others what He has done for us.  Not only His death on the cross for our sins, but the very personal things He has done for us during our lifetimes.  The times He intervened by grace and healed our bodies (or our broken hearts), the times He protected us during times of danger, and the times He accompanied us through the storms of life granting us peace and enablement.

All of these are important messages that others need to hear from us, as they face many of the same issues that He has already brought us through.  In doing so, we are declaring our thankfulness for the Lord and all He has done for us. 

 

(2)  Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works

Four of the greatest ways we can show our appreciation TO OURSELVES for all that the Lord has done for us is:

 

  1. “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him:”

Not only are we to rehearse His greatness to others, but also we should display our thankfulness to Him by telling Him what He has done for us.  In doing so, we are forcing ourselves to notice His acts of grace in our lives and humbles us  It reminds us of our shortcomings, inabilities, and our continual need of Him.

 

  1. “talk ye of all his wondrous works.”

As we pray, we can speak to Him from hearts of gratitude and need throughout the day, constantly reminding ourselves of all He has done for us.   By doing this, we are showing ourselves that we do recognize our indebtedness to Him and our need to constantly hold a spirit of gratefulness.

 

 

(3)  Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

 

  1. “Glory ye in his holy name:”

We are to be encouraged and strengthened when we think of His holiness, his character, and the privilege we have been given to serve Him.  We are not to be motivated to serve Him for the praise of men, but simply to see our Lord be glorified and honored in us.

 

  1. “let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.”

When we see ourselves seeking a closer relationship with the Lord, we know with certainty, our seeking is due to His intervention in our lives.   What a cause for rejoicing and appreciation on behalf of the people of God

 

 

SIH ministries is our feeble attempt to say “Thank You” to the Lord for all He has done for us throughout our lifetime.  As we look back at what has taken place over the years, all we can do is echo the words of King David who said…

“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.   He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.   And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”   (Psa 40:1-3)

That is what has been; currently is; and, by God grace, will continue to be the desire of our hearts… to say thank you to the Lord for all He has done for us by declaring His greatness.  And through it all, to lead men to Christ for salvation and to place a greater reverence of the Lord in the hearts of His people.

 

Secondly I would just like to thank all of you who have so faithfully taken part in the ministries here at SIH…. Thanks to the followers, commenters, likers, visitors, readers, rebloggers and social site sharers.  Believe me, you all have been a great human encouragement as we have sought to faithfully post on a daily basis.

Thirdly, please be in prayer for the ministries here at SIH.  By God’s grace, over the years we have tried to be constantly adding to our ministries in an attempt to reach the most number of people with His Word.

 

To date, in addition to our internet homepage ( http://www.settledinheaven.org/ ), Settled In Heaven can be found on the following websites: 

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YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/SettledInHeaven )

 

Also, you can follow SIH on the following social sites:

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Lord willing, within the next year, SIH will be greatly expanding our ministries on: 

GodTube (http://www.godtube.com/settledinheaven/ )

LiveJournal (http://settledinheaven.livejournal.com/ )

 

 

May the Lord bless you for your faithfulness to Him and…

MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AS YOU STUDY HIS WORD!

Psalms 31:24 – David’s Exhortation (Part 2)

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:23 KJV – Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

 

Psalms 31:23 KJV – ​Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

In our closing devotional in this series David shares with each of us to courageously serve the Lord, in whatever situation we may be facing in life…

 

 

Be of good courage,

Christian, no matter what opposition we may be facing, no matter what trials may come our way, no matter what temptations lie in our path, we are to be confident and bold in our service to Christ.

No matter what may be our lot in life, we can know with certainty our Lord is with us, enabling us and performing His will for our lives, which will ultimately bring about our victory.

1 John 2:14 KJV – “I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”

1 John 4:4 KJV – “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

 

 

 

 

and he shall strengthen your heart,

Our courage in the midst of life’s difficulties is not our talents, abilities, or wisdom, it is based entirely on the Lord’s intervention in our life. It is what He does in us, enabling us, gracing us, blessing us, strengthening us, and intervening in our day to day walk.

It is not US but HIM!…

1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV – “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 8:37 KJV – “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

Notice that David especially points to the Lord strengthening our “heart”. Throughout the Bible, the heart represents our inward being (especially the set of desires that lie within us).

When we are told that the Lord, “strengthens our heart”, David is describing the Lord giving us the courage and boldness we need to continue serving Him in the midst of life’s trials. In a sense, He is strengthening our desire to serve Him during times when opposition and discouragements would normally dampen our desires to please Him.

all ye that hope in the LORD.

As Christians, when we recognize our victory is found in Christ’s intervention and not ourselves, it causes us to always have hope no matter what life situation we are facing. Even if our life situation seems impossible for US to overcome, we know that the LORD can work miracles in our life and bring us through victoriously! This is the basis of the never-ending hope of God’s people. Christ in us the hope of glory!

Colossians 1:27-29 KJV – “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, as we come to the conclusion of this devotional series, may we all use this portion of the Word to give us strength and courage as we face the many difficulties our life holds.

If we remember that we are more than conquerors through Christ, we will see our difficulties as opportunities for the Lord to intervene, work miracles, and bring us forth victoriously. We will no longer see them as hindrances that make our lives more difficult, and threaten to snatch the ultimate victory from us.

Knowledge of these truths will allow us to see our trials as opportunities to grow stronger in Christ and bring glory and honor to Him. It will cause us to rely more upon Him and less upon ourselves and our carnal fleshly emotions, plans, and thoughts. Finally when we accept the truths we have seen in this Psalm and apply them to our lives, they will give us confidence of victory in the midst of the most seemingly impossible of life’s situations we may face.

By God’s grace, may we all apply these truths to our lives and boldly continue in our service for Christ!

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Psalms 31:23 – David’s Exhortation (Part 1)

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:23 KJV – O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

 

Psalms 31:23 KJV – Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

In this final section of Psalm 31:, David shares with each of us a parting exhortation to love, obey and remain courageous in spiritual warfare for the cause of Christ.

 

O love the LORD, all ye his saints:

 

For those who have been taken out of the kingdom of Satan and placed into the kingdom of God, love the Lord for He has done so much for you! How can we not love someone who gave their life for us and in so doing, adopted us into His family?

Deuteronomy 30:16 KJV – “In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”

 

In the above verse, we find the marks of those who truly love the Lord as they should…

1. to walk in his ways – They follow the the Lord as they walk down life’s pathway.

2. and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, – They actively seek to submit themselves to the Lord’s mandates, His callings, and His decisions for our lives.

 

3. that thou mayest live and multiply: – They enjoy earthly blessings.

 

4. and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.” – They receive the inheritance promised and prepared for them by God Himself.

These are a few of the characteristics that are displayed in the lives of God’s physically (Israelites), and more importantly spiritually (Believers), chosen people…

1 Peter 2:9 KJV – “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”

 

[for] the LORD preserveth the faithful,

 

We are to love our Lord because He protects and maintains those who have placed their faith in Him.

Jude 1:1 KJV – “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:”

 

 

and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

We are to love the Lord, not only because He cares for those who love Him, but He also deals justly with those who oppose Him.

Here, David tells us that the Lord works overflowing retribution in the lives of those who pridefully disobey Him. We are to love Him for this because we can know with certainty that the abuse we face at the hands of the lost is always avenged by God. His vengeance is always an act that works justice and brings glory and honor to Him.

Psalms 94:2 KJV – “Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.”

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, as His chosen people, may we love our Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and being. May we always remember His preserving hand that is always at work in our lives, and His hand of justice that gives back to the proud what they always deserve.

Mark 12:30 KJV – “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

May the Lord bless us as we think on his amazing unconditional love that He has placed upon us and use His love to motivate us to greater service for Him.

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Psalms 31:22 – David’s Praise (Part 4)

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Throughout the years, this Psalm, or portions of it, have been a great blessing to me in several difficult situations that I have faced in life. Although, the Psalm does not reveal to us the exact situation that David was facing, it is obvious he was facing a very difficult hardship that, from his perspective, appeared to be insurmountable.

Throughout our lives as Christians, most, if not all of us, have faced the same type of issues. This Psalm gives us many wonderful truths that will give us comfort, hope, and even joy in the midst of these hardships of life.

This is the basic outline we will be using… our devotional will be covering approximately one verse per day…

1. David’s Request (1-2)

2. David’s Recognition (3-4)

3. David’s Commitment (5-8)

4. David’s Sufferings (9-13) (Due to his sin 9-10; Due to other’s sin 11-13)

5. David’s Faith (14-16)

6. David’s Desire (17-18)

7. David’s Praise (19-22)

8. David’s Exhortation (23-24)

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psalms 31:22 KJV – For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

 

Psalms 31:22 KJV – I had said in my alarm, “I am cut off from your sight.” But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

In this section, David is listing many of the blessings that the Lord gives to His people. David has told us about the Lord’s wondrous goodness and protection that He shows to His people. In the last verse that we studied David explained the wonders of the Lord’s consistent, unconditional love that He shows to His people.

In this final verse of David’s praise, David sums up the Lord’s miraculous deliverance in his life despite his doubts and fears …

 

For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes:

 

David recognizes that, at times, he did not trust his Lord as he should. David’s doubts in the Lord were based upon what his physical eyes told him. He was facing great trials that seemed to be insurmountable. This led him to assume that the Lord was no longer watching over him and had no intention of intervening in David’s life and bringing him out from his trials.

The idea of the word “haste”, which holds the idea of “running away in fear”, clearly reveals David’s fear in the presence of a great past trial. Not only did these actions reveal his fear of abandonment, but his words revealed that fear also… I am cut off from before thine eyes:

nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

 

In spite of David’s doubtings and fears, the Lord still acted upon his requests for deliverance when David cried loudly to Him. He was faithful to David in the midst of David’s unfaithfulness. He accompanied David in spite of David’s lack of recognition of His presence. He was protecting David in spite of David’s fears.

Isaiah 41:10 KJV – “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

 

What a wonderful principle for us to see in these verses. In spite of our unbelief, the Lord is still there with us, watching over us, accompanying us, and ready to intervene in our life’s situations.

Truly, Christ’s love for us is unconditional. Nothing, including our times of doubting, will separate us from His great love. As believers, we need to recognize that His presence in our life, or not, He is ALWAYS there with us. He blesses in spite of our unbelief.

Additional important note note:

If the Lord does bless us in spite of our unbelief, why does what does the Bible mean when it says…

Matthew 13:58 KJV – “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

Keep in mind the unbelieving people of Nazereth, the hometown of Christ, had consistently denied Christ’s position as God and Messiah. In spite of seeing Him grow up among them and come to know Him intimately, they refused to recognize Him for who He really was (Matthew 13:53-58).

Because of their sinful unbelief in the face of many proofs, the Lord choose to no longer do miracles in their presence. This was a gracious effort to show them their condition of alienation from the Lord and their need to repent of their sin and trust in Him as God, Messiah and their Savior.

Their unbelief did not take away from the power of the Lord, nor did it limit what He could do for them in anyway. It simply caused Him to willingly choose to no longer work in their midst due to their continual rejection of Him. He can work in spite of our unbelief as David clearly showed us. However, at times for the good of those who do not believe, He limits His workings among men.

May we never believe that our faith or any other good work adds to His power or enables Him to do what He otherwise could not do. This is a vain, humanistic belief that puts mankind in a place of empowering God to do what He otherwise could not. This is vanity at its finest.

May the Lord bless us as we think on his amazing unconditional love that He has placed upon us and use His love to motivate us to greater service for Him.

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