First Posted: 1/15/2009
More than once I have stood at someone's bedside and either recited or read Psalm 8.
It holds a special message for us when we need comforting, but it also leads us to a deeper understanding of God's love for mankind.
First, all of us must think about our view of God. Do we truly acknowledge Him as the God who created us, or has He become someone we call on when we are in trouble?
He is not just the Lord, He is our Lord. He is the Lord of believers and unbelievers. There is nothing man can do or think to diminish the majesty and power of our Lord.
His name is most excellent because there is no other like it in the universe. This name points us to Christ Jesus because we are taught that salvation will not be found in any other name. We have an eternal interest in His name.
God's glorious presence is everywhere, even above the heavens. We can only imagine the chorus of angels and saints praising Him day and night, and yet God's glory is not confined to heaven. It is even above that.
God is bigger than earth's troubles, infinitely more perfect than our best efforts, and yet He knows each one of us. How humbling it is to worship the all-powerful, all-present and all-knowing God who desires to have a personal relationship with you.
Secondly, we are reminded of God's ability to do what He will through whomever He desires. It has often been the case that God used the most unlikely people to accomplish His purpose. We might say they are hardly more than “babes and sucklings.”
Thirdly, when we look at the glory of God and the vastness of the world it is astonishing that God physically visited the earth, but that is what He did in the person of Christ Jesus.
Looking to the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ, it is important for us to know that He was crowned with glory and honor. He accomplished His Father's will all the way to His death on the cross, and He is the Savior in whom we have absolute confidence.
Fourthly, it is in the hands of Christ Jesus that we find authority over all the creation. Every fish, every animal and every bird is under the authority of Jesus. The psalmist wrote that God “hast put all things under his feet.” This should do away with the doubt anyone might have that Jesus is Lord.
Finally, we must ask ourselves if we are in agreement with the psalmist who bowed in awe and reverence before a holy and infinite God. Can we say, “For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone” (Psalm 86:10).
Have you allowed other gods to take the place of the one true God in your life? The Bible says God will not tolerate that, but there is something else to consider. Why would you want anyone other than our Lord, the One who conquered death and the grave and who has authority over everything?
– The Sunday school lesson is written by Ed Wilcox, pastor of Centerville Baptist Church. [email protected]