Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday, May 22nd

Today's reading from the Chronological OT/NT Reading Plan is Psalm 7-8; John 7:28-53

John MacArthur has an interesting sermon on our John passage - Reactions to the Claims of Jesus. Includes an interesting explanation for why Jesus thirsty analogy doesn't seem out of place at the Feast.

I'm going to focus on the Psalms, in particular Psalm 8.

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 many that you care for him? Psalm 8:3-4

It is incredible when you think of it. You look at the splendor of the world around us (the fallen splendor at that - I can't wait to see what the New Earth's splendor will look like!), you look at the sky on a clear night and see the galaxies twinkling overhead, you look at the mountain ranges with crystal clear lakes nestled in the valleys - and it can just make you feel so insignificant.

And truthful, a healthy dose of humility never hurt anyone.

But then it continues...

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. Psalm 8:5-6

God created us just a little lower than himself and the angels - it's amazing! And He gave us the incredible responsibility of ruling over this amazing earth that He created.

We, and we alone, are created in His image. We bear the stamp of the Creator Himself. And THAT is where we need to get our self-image and self-worth from.

Tomorrow's passage: Psalm 9, Psalm 11, John 8:1-27


Pamela said...

Great post. It is incredible to think that we are little lower than heavenly beings.

I love that when reading the Psalms I am reminded of songs that I have learned. "Oh Lord, our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth" had me humming in my head.

BTW the link for today's readings doesn't work for me.

Miriam said...

Great post, Tammy. I had Psalm 8:3-4 coloured in my Bible from a long time ago. That Psalm also makes me think of the responsibility we have to be good stewards and take better care of our planet.