Daily Devotional: Psalms 8:1-9
1 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
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. 10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.
We often refer to Jesus as the Son of God, and rightly so because he is called the “only beloved” or “one and only” or “special and unique” Son. While we are also children of God, Jesus holds a special position as a special Son. Just as Isaac was with Abraham and was referred to by God as his only son, so Jesus is with his Father. He is our Savior, our Lord and our King. He is creator and sustainer.
But Jesus is our brother. He has lived as one of us and has faced all of the same trials and temptations we face in life. He was born of a woman and grew as a child from infancy to adulthood. He knows our problems, our pain and our suffering so he is qualified to be our High Priest and mediator before the father. We sing that he is our friend. He is risen and ever lives but he loves us and is on our side.
Heavenly Father it is so good to know that you love me and that Jesus loves me too. What a comfort it is to know he is both my friend and my brother as I face life each day. I don’t understand but I praise you because you, in all your power and majesty, are mindful of me as a part of your family. Thank you Lord. How majestic is your name in all the earth! I ask you to be with and strengthen those in China, Africa and other places who face persecution for their faith. Help me be grateful for the freedoms I enjoy in this country. Be with our leaders that this freedom will continue for many years to come. I pray in the name of Jesus my Savior.