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!
Majestic indeed is the name of the Lord, not only in all the earth but also in the heavens above. This Psalm is used several times in the New Testament to refer to Jesus as well as to all of mankind. Jesus is Lord and he is above all things with all authority in heaven and on earth. He is described as the lion and the lamb in the book of Revelation where it is said he is worthy of majesty and praise!
But what does it mean to be majestic? This was a title that was used for a king or one who was royalty. Majestic means that one is worthy of honor because of their position of authority. In our society it is difficult for us to understand the role of a king or queen in a nation where they actually rule. In Bible times, a king or a queen had absolute authority in their kingdom. There was no one on earth who could correct them or reign in their desires or their commands.
King Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way that he was not supreme. He ruled the known world of his day and became proud of his accomplishments. What he failed to realize was that it was given to him by God and that God was the only one who was supreme. This king had a place of majesty but only God was truly majestic in all the earth. It is God who created all things. It is God who set in order the heavens, the seasons and all we know today as nature. It is the same God who put mankind over it all, just a little lower than the angels. But Jesus is above the angels and his name is greater than theirs. Jesus is Lord and he is majestic!
Heavenly Father it is such a comfort to serve a God who is truly God, in complete control of all things. You have revealed so much of your plan to us but still there is so much that we do not and cannot know. Increase my faith so that I trust you in all I do. I need your wisdom daily and I need your strength along with it. Use me to serve you, in your way and in whatever capacity you choose. I ask your blessing on those who are sick and those taking treatments. I pray in Jesus name.