Daily Devotional: Psalms 8:1-9
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Part of this Psalm is quoted in Hebrews chapter two, and is used in reference to Jesus, to show that he was human, in the flesh, even as one of us. But the part that we will focus on this morning is: “what is man that you are mindful of him?”
Man is a little lower than the heavenly beings or angels. Notice that we are not a lot lower but a little lower than the angels. Angels serve in the presence of God and they do his bidding, both in heaven and on earth. They work in the spiritual realm and also in the physical. They have tremendous power (at least at times), as God gives them whatever they need to carry out their mission. They are a part of the creation of God and they serve to praise him and honor his holy name.
Our job on earth as humans is to do the bidding of God. We are his hands, his feet, his mouth, and his ears here on earth as we serve him daily. We follow his will the best we understand it and know how to carry it out. While our work is in the physical world, we are in a spiritual battle that involves our wills and our trust in God. He gives us the weapons and the strength to accomplish his purpose and to fight our battles. He will give us power to win, even beyond our imagination.
In Jesus Christ we can be the victors in life and then as we overcome death in the resurrection. We will then be with the angels around the throne of God as we glorify him and sing praises to the Lamb. We will be a part of the “great throne scene” as in the book of Revelation, with our new bodies dressed in white robes.
Hallelujah, Lord God! Jesus, you are worthy of all praise and honor and power and dominion! Worthy is the Lamb who was slain but who lives forever! I come to you O God, in the name of Jesus your Son and my Savior, and I thank you for your wonderful wisdom in providing me the victory in Jesus. Help me keep my eyes focused on him and on the things above, where you are seated on your throne. Use me to serve you today, and every day of my life. Forgive me when I fail to be all you want me to be. Thank you for your people that you put in my life.