My guys convinced me to go on a hike with them today, it was an unseasonably warm day and we haven’t gotten out much this winter so I thought it sounded like a plan. We had a picnic lunch on some rocks by the creek then explored the area a little. My husband and son crossed the creek and when they returned my husband had found a rock he was very excited about. It had some incredible fossils in it, perfect prints of shells, just lovely. Well, our boy saw it and immediately set out to find more evidence of the Flood. He had spent much of the day pointing out rock features and such that pointed to Noah’s Flood. It was great to see him applying what he learned in geology the first half of the year, hopefully he takes in as much from astronomy this semester. Then my husband found one with a perfect fish fin printed in it. That really got the kiddo excited and we discussed how a fish is soft-bodied and would have been eaten way before it could have formed a print in a rock if that rock took millions of years to form but would form perfectly in a massive worldwide flood that happened super quickly and buried the fish instantly so no other fish or creatures could eat on it and it wouldn’t decay rapidly. We had a shark die in our aquarium a few days ago, we have since studied just how rapidly a fish in a natural environment decays and is eaten – it’s fast. To fast for it to ever possibly form a fossil, or even a mud print.
As we started back to the car I was thinking about the awesome power of God. I mean he flooded the entire planet in a matter of hours, completely reshaping the land surface and atmosphere. Which of course led to thinking of how incredible the earth must have been before the judgement of the flood, at the time of creation about 6,000 years ago. When Jesus spoke everything we know into existence.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3
Those verses ran through my head the rest of the afternoon after we got home. I was still thinking on them as I sat down to do bible study, pondering how great and mighty God is, when I flipped to the next Psalm in my studies – I follow a plan for my daily study: 1 Psalm, 1 Proverb and then 1 chapter of whatever book I am on, right now it’s Romans.) I was on Psalm 8, it was very fitting, which is another proof of just how awesome God is. It fit perfectly with our day. I wanted to share some of what I gathered from it as I studied it today, it is such a beautiful Psalm that glorifies God while reminding us just how special we are to God. I mean He created all this just so he could put us here, he created a home for us, just perfect for us, then he created us, knit us each and everyone together in our mothers wombs. We are the works of His magnificent hands!
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! Psalms 8:1-9
Let’s look at these verses in depth for a minute, there is much to be learned from them about just who the God we serve, the God who created us for a purpose.
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Psalms 8:1
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. Psalms 148:13
The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Psalms 113:4
Think of it, He has set His glory above the heavens, plural! We have learned in our studies that there are billions of galaxies out there in space. God’s above all of them! Wow!
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. Psalms 8:2
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; Psalms 8:3
The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. Psalms 111:2
I’ve taken lately to standing in our back door at might as I pray before bed looking out at the heavens. The work of God’s fingers! When I look at the beauty of the night sky I feel closer to it’s painter and creator. I am often moved to tears as I praise Him for the beauty before me, as I spend a few moments talking just Me and God. Looking at just a small, tiny, piece of His great works that leaves me almost breathless.
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalms 8:4
What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment? Job 7:17-18
David echoes my thoughts exactly here. What is man; pitiful, cursed, sinful that God himself, the Beginning and the End, Creator of all, should pay us any mind. After all we reject and deny Him, trying to steal His glory by saying that all this was just a happy accident. Saying the order, complexity, grandeur, beauty, and majesty of His creation was just the result of a big bang, too nothings colliding together and forming something. That’s like saying that buildings don’t have builders they just form. Or that the Sistine Chapel didn’t have a Michelangelo to paint it’s ceiling, those masterpieces were just random occurrences. Instead though of treating us as we deserve God is our father and he loves us with a love so strong, so pure that He forgives us when we just get ourselves out of the way and let Him. He wants to visit us, dwell in us, be in fellowship with us – to give us honour and glory.
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Psalms 8:5
Think of that, He made us just a little lower than the angels! Have you paid attention to the angels described in the Bible, we are not talking about those dime store painting types but about awesome, powerful, sometimes fearful created beings. Take the winged creatures of Ezekiel and Daniel for instance:
As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. Ezekiel 1:13
And that’s not even talking about their four faces or their wheels! One day I will do a post on them, they are fascinating, especially the wheels. But anyway you get the point, angels are not cute, lovely, beings they’re mighty, powerful, awesome servants of God!Yet He made us just a little lower than them and He has crowned us with glory, with honour, with His love.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: Psalms 8:6
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; Psalms 8:7
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. Psalms 8:8
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. Genesis 1:26
But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 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. Hebrews 2:6-9
Really think about what this is saying now. We are made in God’s image and given dominion over His creation, all things are in subjection under us! But we can’t see all yet that will be under us eventually, just what is in this world, this time, right now. I think in eternity there will be much more to see. Right now though we see Jesus, our beloved Savior, in whom we have the hope of eternity. Because He suffered and died on the cross for our sins, defeating death for all men who believe in Him through God’s unending grace. He was made lower than the angels as well, before being crowned with honour and glory, before returning as King. Who are we that God is mindful of us?
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Psalms 8:9