Daily Devotional: Psalms 102:23-28
23 In the course of my life he broke my strength; he cut short my days. 24 So I said: "Do not take me away, O my God, in the midst of my days; your years go on through all generations. 25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 26 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them
and they will be discarded. 27 But you remain the same, and your years will never end. 28 The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you."
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
Jesus, like the Father, describes himself as “I am”. In the beginning there already existed God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit. Everything that was made was made by God and is sustained by him today. When creation was crowned with mankind, God saw it all and said all he had made was very good. There were no flaws or mistakes but only perfection in every part of creation.
The writer of Hebrews quotes our Psalm to show that Jesus is above the angels and is greater in power and might. He then tells us that he was made a little lower than the angels for our sake, to bring us to salvation. Paul says that Jesus Christ did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped or held on to but gave up all the glories of heaven, to become man on earth. As a man, he humbled himself in obedience to the Father, obedience that lead to his death. He became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
The death he died, he died to sin; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, we are to count ourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. This means that we are no longer to live in sin but we are to live for God, allowing Christ to live in us as we become partakers of his divine nature.
Father and God, I am so blessed in more ways than I can count or even know. I thank you and praise you for your great love that makes it possible for me to be your son and to be able to talk with you. You are creator of all things and I am but a small speck in your creation, yet you know me and love me. As I think about the forgiveness you have extended to me by your grace, I ask you to help me walk in your light and mold me into your likeness. I realize that on my best day, I fall short of your glory and thus need your continued forgiveness. Use me to teach your will and to encourage others to live for you. I pray in the name of Jesus.