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Christ Is Given Dominion Over All!

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 8:1-9  – “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.  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.  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  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.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4DV

 

 

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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Christ Was Made Man And Yet Held The Highest Glory and Honor!

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 8:1-9 – 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.  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.  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  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.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4DP

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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Christ… The Creator Of All!

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 8:1-9  – 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.  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.  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  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.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4DI

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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How Excellent Is The Name Of The Lord!

Psa 8:1-9 – “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.  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.  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;   What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  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.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4DD

 

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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In The Air And In The Seas …. Mankind Rules Over All!

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 8:1-9 – 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.   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.    When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;   What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?   For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.   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.   O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4Dy

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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All Animal Life Is Under The Rule Of Mankind…

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 8:1-9 – “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.   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.   When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;   What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?     For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.    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.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4Dt

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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The Lord Gave Man A Blessed Position Of Rule Over Creation… Man Chose To Rebel !

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 8:1-9  – 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.  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.  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  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. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4Dn

 

 

 

 

 

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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God Made Man To Rule Creation, Man Chose To Rebel And Placed Under Sin’s Bondage.

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 8:1-9 – “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.  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.  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  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.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4Di

 

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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Why Is The Lord Good To Us? We Certainly Do Not Deserve His Blessings!

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 8:1-9 –

“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.  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.  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  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.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4Db

 

 

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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The Heavens Teach Us Of The Greatness Of Our Lord!

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 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!

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4D6

 

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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