Psalms 8 – Who am I
Why commenting/ differentiating caste, color, religion, race, etc?
Who am I ?
What is my place in this world?
Psalm 8:1 -> 1 Kings 8:27
“Lord” is the Hebrew word, Yahweh, God’s personal covenant name. It stems from the Hebrew verb, “to be.”
The second “Lord” is the Hebrew “Adonai,” meaning sovereign or lord.
Psalm 8:2 -> Mat 21:14-16.. Gen 3:15
Psalm 8:3 -> Exo 8:19
“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
Psalm 8:6-8 -> Gen 2:15
It is important to note that these final verses in Psalm 8 are applied specifically to Jesus in the New Testament. (see 1 Corinthians 15:24-27; Hebrews 2:5-9; )
“What is man that God is mindful of him?”
That’s an interesting question. But, why would the Psalmist even bother to ask it?
Well… it’s because sometimes we’re not all that attractive. We sin. We fall short. We say things and do things and think things that, at times, makes it so we can’t even stand ourselves.
For example 1
, her teen age son could look in a refrigerator full of food & say, “There’s nothing to eat.” Her daughter could open a closet full of clothing & complain, “I don’t have anything to wear.”
For example 2
I recently read about an old man, walking the beach at dawn, who noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea.
Catching up with the youth, he asked what he was doing. T
His answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun.
“But the beach goes on for miles and miles, and there are millions of starfish,” countered the man. “How can your effort make any difference?”
The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to safety in the waves. “It makes a difference to this one,” he said.
For example 3
A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.
In Michael Jordan’s hands it’s worth about $33 million. It depends upon whose hands it’s in.
For example 4: Puppies For Sale
A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read “Puppies For Sale.” Signs like that have a way of attracting small children and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the store owner’s sign. “How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” he asked.
The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30 to $50.”The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change. “I have $2.37,” he said. “Can I please look at them?”
The store owner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, “What’s wrong with that little dog?” The store owner explained that the veterinarian had
examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame.The little boy became excited. “That is the little puppy that I want to buy.”
The store owner said, “No, you don’t want to buy thatlittle dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”
The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said, “I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.” The store owner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.”To this, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so well myself,
and the little puppy will need someone who understands!”
JESUS MAKES US ABLE ONCE AGAIN TO REFLECT GOD’S IMAGE
A. The third point is that Jesus makes us able once again to reflect God’s image; in other words, to be the kind of people God intended us to be from the beginning.
Here we are, walking around wondering who we are, trying to fill the empty places in our lives, searching, & making foolish mistakes, trying to stuff something into the empty parts of our lives.
But the apostle Paul says, “You don’t have to live that way. You’re created in God’s image &, yes, the image has been marred. But you can once again reflect the glory, the image of God. Through Christ you can be made full & complete.”
In fact, Paul says exactly that in Colossians 2:10 when he writes to the Christians there & tells them, “…you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” (Colossians 2:10 NKJV)
When he said “You are complete in Him,” the Greek word translated “complete” is a nautical, or naval, term. And that statement could just as easily be translated in this way: “You are ready for the voyage of life in Him.”
Isn’t that a wonderful way of saying it? You are ready for the voyage of life in Christ, & whatever you need for the voyage you will find in Him. This is where we say that “Christ is the answer.” So what is your question? What is it you need today?
Are you being enticed by the selfish lifestyles of people who have no interest in God? Then turn to Jesus. Are you being waylaid by the arguments of those seeking to put doubts into your mind? Then turn to Jesus. He is ready to help you!
For example 5: Conrad Hyers in his book, And God Created Laughter tells a of an 8 year old girl who wrote to Abraham Lincoln, who was then running for President suggesting that he grow a beard. In her opinion, Lincoln would stand a better chance of election if he grew one to hide the homeliness of his face. Lincoln could have been offended, but instead he answered her letter personally and thanked her for her suggestion, furthering adding that he’d like to visit with her when his campaign came to her area.
On the day that Lincoln’s campaign train was scheduled to pass through the town, practically the whole town was assembled at the station. There were the leading Republicans wearing their top hats, the shiny marching, band, the townsfolk in their finest attire. Almost everyone was there… al except the little girl. She was left home. After all, her father reasoned, Lincoln would be interested only in the politicians and their speeches – the votes and the voters – not the attentions of a little girl.
It so happened, however, that as the campaign train approached the town, it was forced to stop for repairs. Lincoln, not wanting to sit in the warm train, set off across the field afoot in search of the little girl’s home.
When Lincoln introduced himself at the door, the maid was speechless. But the little girl and her playmate, the maid’s daughter, welcomed him in as if they were expecting him. The two girls had been having a pretend party, drinking pretend hot chocolate out of their small teacups and they invited Mr. Lincoln to join them. After a while, Lincoln said he must be going, thanked them for the party, and asked them how they liked his new beard. Then he walked to the waiting train.
When Lincoln boarded the train, it started on its way and went right through the town without stopping. Right past all the waiting dignitaries, politicians, loud playing band and flag draped platform; right past ladies and gentlemen in their Sunday best… for Lincoln hadn’t come to visit people who were putting on a show for his benefit. He had come to visit and say thank you to a little girl who just wanted to spend time with him.
That’s what it’s going to be like when Jesus comes again. He’s going to come for those that want to spend time with Him because they love Him. He won’t be coming for the people who are only concerned with putting on a show and “looking good.”
AND He’ll only be coming for those whose sins have been covered – are yours?