June 14, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 8

I’ve often said, and I believe it to be true, “the more you get to know God, the more you love Him.”
Here in Psalm 8, the majesty of God is observed and celebrated. The psalmist sees the earth and all within it, including the land, the sky, and living things surrounding him and his response is one that we should share.
When we see the glory of God on display through His creation we should:

1. Recognize all things to be the product of His wisdom and worth. God is the creator. He is masterful in what He does. No one compares to His strength and ability. All things have been made by Him and for His own delight and to His praise. In recognizing this about God, our response should be ascribing glory and honor to His name. (v. 1)

2. Recognize that because of who He is, our heart posture should be one of humility, gratitude, and worship. Truly, the psalmist says it well when he ponders what a wonder it is that God, supreme over all, should consider us and love us!
“…what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (v. 4)
We are lowly humans with such finite minds and insufferable selfishness. So why should God, the only One who is wise, the only One who is holy, the King of the Universe, care for us? The question leaves me sort of breathless. The psalmist goes on to describe the position God has bestowed upon humans, the ones made in His image. Not only has God poured out his richest blessings on us in making us “a little lower than the heavenly beings” the highest of created things, ruling over animals and lands, etc., but he has also entrusted to us great responsibility, one of stewarding all the things God has put into our hands. We must manage our land, property, relationships, and resources well—to His glory!

Finally, understanding our position in relation to the True Holy God causes us to remember a most powerful display of the characteristics of God— namely his justice and love. Though we are dead on arrival and stuck in our sins, God loved us with so great a love that He killed His Son in our place, rightly satisfying His wrath with the perfect sacrifice of Christ, and offering to all the most wonderfully loving gift of all—eternal life for broken sinners reunited with His Majesty Himself!
This is known only through a relationship with Jesus Christ which provides forgiveness and miraculous restoration of our souls, our inmost being satisfied!

When I observe this truth in God’s word, when I observe the beauty of the earth—no inch untouched by His artful design, and when I survey the cross which paid my debt, my response is “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

By: Taylor Gilliam

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Lexington & Richmond KY

3 thoughts on “June 14, 2016”

  1. It astonishes me that God would create such a remarkable universe, and then entrust us, crazy us, to take care of it for Him. Most of us wouldn’t trust others with that sort of responsibility, yet God did, with the full knowledge that we’d probably mess it up. I hope and pray that upon my departure, I’ve left this world in better shape than it was when I arrived.

  2. “Divine sovereignty simply means that God is God.” – A. W. Pink

    “But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” – Hebrews 2:9

    Although man continues to have an inflated view of himself, fallen and finite is he. God alone must be recognized as great – the Lord of all.

    What has God asked me to do to serve Him? What steps must I pursue for God’s strength to be perfected in my weakness? How can my heart be more continually directed to praise God?

    Thank you for Jumpstart today!

  3. Thanks Taylor Gilliam for making me to stop and really notice WHAT AN AWESOME GOD WE HAVE. This little phrase I have heard all my life (stop and smell the roses), Lord help me to stop and be in AWE how mighty THOU ARE.

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