Tuesday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 8
3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

8:3–4 It is astonishing that the God who is great enough to have made the heavens can take notice of mere man; but he goes beyond taking notice: he is mindful of man, he cares for him. God’s greatness does not mean remoteness but rather an eye for detail, no matter how small.
8:5 the heavenly beings. The Hebrew could mean “the gods,” that is, the angels in the heavenly court, or it could mean God himself. The ESV text takes the first option, agreeing with the Greek of the Septuagint (quoted in Heb. 2:7). Crowned him with glory and honor describes mankind as God’s kingly representative.

Study Questions:

  • In verse 5, David starts to answer the question he asked in verse 4, "What are mere mortals that you should think about them?" Verse 5 tells us that God made us only slightly lower than himself! And he placed all of creation under our authority. Even though we are just a speck of dust on that pale blue dot, he has elevated us far beyond our weakness and seeming insignificance. Think about that... GOD chose this for us. HE made the heavens, HE crowned us with glory, HE gave us things to rule over. Our worth coms from HIM. What are the things in life that we usually get our worth from? What can be the potential pitfalls of getting our value and worth from something other than God?

  • The theme of this part of the Psalm is royalty. We have been crowned, by God, with glory and honor. He has placed all of creation under our authority. The language used in the original text is suggesting that God celebrates us as the royalty of his creation, and has commanded us to govern it in the same responsible way that kings govern nations. So David is painting this picture of a massive, powerful, majestic God who not only notices man, but is MINDFUL of him. This means it's not a distant relationship. He cares for us and thinks so much of us, even though we are seemingly tiny and insignificant, that he elevates us far beyond what we deserve. We are his prized possession. Spend some time today thinking about how much God cares for you. Pray prayers of gratitude for his nearness and grace. 

Pray:

  • That your value and worth would be found in him.
  • That you would live out of gratitude for all he's done for you.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory!

2. Are there sources outside the Bible that confirm the Biblical account of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead? Many Roman and Jewish historians have confirmed that the apostles died as martyrs for preaching that they saw Jesus risen from the grave. No one dies for something they know to be a lie.
(Luke 1:1-4; Acts 26:26; 1 John 1:1-4, Josephus, Clement, Hegesippus, Tertullian, Origen, Polycarp)

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