Wednesday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 8
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.
6 You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority—
7 the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
9 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

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.
8:5 God gave Adam a distinguished role (Gen. 1:28–30). But because of the disobedience of Adam and his posterity (Rom. 5:12–21), it is Christ who fulfills the role and receives glory and honor in his resurrection and ascension (Heb. 2:5–9).
8:6 This echoes Gen. 1:26. put all things under his feet. Paul combines this with the explicitly messianic Ps. 110:1 (1 Cor. 15:25–27; cf. Eph. 1:22), reflecting an approach similar to that of Hebrews (Heb. 2:6–9).
8:6 Dominion is finally achieved through Christ’s reign (1 Cor. 15:25–28; Eph. 1:22; Heb. 2:5–9).
8:9 God’s Majestic Name. Serving as an envelope, the closing lines repeat v. 1 and link it with 7:17 and 9:2.

Study Questions:

  • The Big Idea on Sunday was, "Your view of God is inadequate." Sometimes the God we've contrived in our imaginations is very small. Limited power, holiness, righteousness, grace, attention span, etc. In Psalm 8, David is trying to lift our lid; raise our view of God to invoke awe in us. When you're in awe of something, words fail you. You have a hard time trying to describe it. This is most likely the reason there are so many different descriptions of God and his glory from people in Scripture that have seen him. They are trying to put words to something that cannot be described. When was the last time you were truly in awe of God? When was the last time you were blown away with what you've experienced in his presence?

  • Here's the scene... you see a magnificent, beautiful sunset and think, "I should take a picture!" So you get out your phone and snap one, only to find out that it doesn't even come close to capturing what your eyes are seeing. Happens. Every. Time. As human beings, we are incapable of fully comprehending the worth and greatness and majesty of our God. It's impossible. Our tiny brains just can't fathom all that he is. We're like a cheap camera trying to capture the glory of a sunset. But we can try! No matter how much you've had of him, there is infinitely more to be had. More to be known. More to be experienced. More, more, more. Do you want more in your relationship with him? Are you satisfied with what you have experienced so far? Do you truly want to go deeper in your walk with him? If so, what would you need to change to get there?

Pray:

  • That you would live in awe of God.
  • That you would strive to know him more.

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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