Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Excellent!

 1O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
 2Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
 3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
 4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
 5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
 6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
 7All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
 8The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
 9O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! 

Excellent!

Psalm 8 is such a beautiful Psalm. While singing God's praises the psalmist is marveling at God's creation as well as what God has done for man.

Who is man that God should love him so? God stills the enemy through the voices of babies and children. When we look at God's marvelous creation, observing the sun, the moon, and the stars in their infinity, why did God show such favor to such an unworthy people?

Nothing we have done has made us worthy. Just as the work of God is due to His excellent name, so is His name praised through His love of his human creation. Though we do not deserve it, look at what He has done. We are, indeed, lower than the angels, yet He has crowned us with glory and strength; he has made us above all the works of His hands.

What have we done with the charge He has given? How have we taken dominion over the things He has placed in our hands. God not only created us, but He created us with a purpose to fulfill in His kingdom. Are we so busy living our lives that we do not even consider our responsibility to God? Have we replaced the priority of serving God below the things that consume our lives? 

By the grace of God, let us return to our first love! Let us serve the Lord our God with all of our heart, all of our soul, and all of our mind. Then, let us join the psalmist in proclaiming, O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

God Bless You,
Linda

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