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Well as human beings we love to be amazed in fact we will go to great lengths just to be amazed there's something about the rush of being stunned by something we love to see something or hear something or experience something that shakes our inner world world that causes us to be in awe and this morning I want to ask you a question just to get your mind going in here is the question when was the last time you were amazed when was the last time you were amazed by something I know for me personally yesterday was the last time I was amazed when Iowa State beat TCU and that was a as a pleasant amazement two top five wins in the same season for the clones you know what more evidence do you need for the existence of God I mean it's a wonderful it is a wonderful thing I'm rejoicing in the success of the Cyclones it's a good thing but one but for you when was the last time when was the last time you were amazed by something and if I might dive a little deeper when was the last time you were amazed by God when was the last time you caught a glimpse of who God is and it impacted you it made you stopped it made you think it made you praise God or when was the last time you saw God do something in your life that moved you to real genuine praise of who he is amazement is the context of Psalm 8 when David writes Psalm 8 he is not writing out of out of a position of distress he's not running for his life he is simply amazed he's stunned by God he is reflecting on who God is and what he's done and that reflection leads to praise and that praise leads to the writing of Psalm 8 and in solemate he is amazed by two things the first thing he's amazed by is the magnificence of God and the second thing is the dignity of man so there's the magnificence of God and the dignity of man and even the dignity of man is a derived dignity it's a dignity that comes from the magnificence of God and so David is stunned by who and God is and this is what we're gonna be looking at here this morning the magnificence of God and the dignity of man so let's start with the first one now the first thing I think you need to notice about Psalm chapter eight is the way it begins in the way that the way it begins in the way that it ends it begins this way it says Lord our Lord how magnificent is your name throughout the earth you have covered the heavens with your majesty so it does not begin with the question it's important to understand when he says how magnificent is your name throughout the earth that's not a question that is a statement of praise he is saying how magnificent is your name he's not saying what is your awesomeness level but he is praising God for what he sees in God and you get the sense that David can't help but write Psalm 8 it's like his heart is so overwhelmed by who God is that he has to find a way to express it and the way he expresses it is by writing this song the song of praise to God and so it begins with a statement of praise now the word magnificent means greater than that means better than it means above he says how magnificent is your name in all the earth he says your magnificence your awesomeness isn't just contained in Israel or in Jerusalem but it really fills the entire earth that the greatness of God is seen in the entire earth he reigns over all of creation and when he says your name how magnificent is your name he means how magnificent you are that the essence of God is wrapped up in his name who he is in our culture we have names but oftentimes names are relatively insignificant compared to how much of the world viewed names now it's you know Tom or Bob or Sarah or whatever and those are important things but that's not what David has in mind it when he says your name he says how magnificent you are you are greater than anything and the second half of verse 1 he says he says you have exalted your glory your glory goes beyond creation that's what he says you've exalted your glory your glory goes beyond the heavens which is a statement to say that the universe is a box to mold to contain the glory of God that in all of the universe you see the greatness of God but that is not the sum total of all the greatness of God that if you try to put all the glory and importance of God in the creation his value will fly out of it that even the creation isn't entirely accurate or it can't capture the full range of God's greatness so David is marveling at the greatness of God which begs the question what does David see in God that amazes him so he's saying you are so incredible you are absolutely amazing and your glory fills the earth your glory is greater than the universe but what does he see in God that makes him marvel well the first thing is this as babies he marvels at babies so he goes from this statement about how amazing God is and then he brings it down to the level of babies this is what he says in verse 2 from the mouths of infants and nursing babies you've established a stronghold on account of your adversaries in order to silence the enemy and the Avenger now to be honest the first 12 times I read this verse I got more and more confused each time I mean look at what it says from the mouths of infants and nursing babies you've established a stronghold on account of your adversaries in order to silence the enemy in the Avenger I'm thinking is that a riddle what what is this I don't know what this means and so I decided to dive into the Hebrew get into the Hebrew and I began to read a variety of different translations and I think the ESV translation here is helpful it's a little clearer this is what it says out of the mouths of babies and infants you've established strength because of your foes to still the enemy and the Avenger so the ESV I think is a little clearer but we still have some work to do now whenever I get stuck on a verse or on a paragraph what I like to do is diagram it out you just come up with a diagram just pick the verse apart try to start with the things that you understand and see how all the pieces connect and so I did that and I actually wrote it out but I'm bad at drawing and so I used emojis here to help us out so here's the first part it says out of the mouths of baby an infant's okay so we have a baby here and what it says is that out of the mouths of infants and babies so something's going to come out of the mouths of an infant or of infants and babies that's going to do something but so I started to think what comes out of the mouths of infants and babies and my knee-jerk reaction was vomit that's what comes out of the mouth I mean you're all thinking it and then I thought okay well not just vomit but screaming and crying comes out of the mouths of infants and babies or drool or goo-gooing I'm thinking what in the world comes out of the mouths of infants and babies but he says something's going to come out of the mouths of infants and babies now what is it what does he have in mind out of the mouths of infants and babies you have established strength so strength so strength is going to come out of the mouths of infants and babies now why does God need strength well because he has enemies so this is a picture of his enemies their God there are people who don't like God they hate him the world is filled with people who hate God so what is he going to do to his enemies well it says this you have established strength because of your foes to still the enemy in the Avenger now this word too still is the Hebrew word Shevat which is the root word for the word Sabbath and so depending on its context it can mean to observe the Sabbath to actually obey the Sabbath or in a different context that means it can mean to kill someone or to end them to force them to stop and so when we're reading this we got to figure out what is it saying out of the mouths of infants and babies you have established strength because of your foes to make your enemies and the Avenger obey the Sabbath that's not what he's talking about he means he's gonna stop his enemies that he's going to steal them or silence them or put an end to his enemies so this is what will happen here's the picture he's gonna get him but he's going to work through the mouths of infants and babies to get his enemies now if this is all we had I still would be a little bit lost as far as what this means but luckily or by the great of God I should say the Lord Jesus teaches us what this verse means Jesus teaches Psalm chapter eight verse two and you have to go all the way to Matthew chapter 21 and in Matthew chapter 21 it's the event of Palm Sunday so this is nearing the end of Jesus's life and Jesus is riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and this is what it says I'm gonna skip around a little bit just for the sake of time I would invite you to read the whole chapter to get a flow of what's going on but Matthew 21 says this verse 5 tell daughter Zion see your king is coming to you gentle and mounted on a donkey and on a Colt to the full of a donkey when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was in an uproar saying who is this the crowds were saying this is the Prophet Jesus from Nazareth and Galilee now a couple things to notice the first thing to notice is that Jesus comes in gentle he's quoting Zechariah 9 and he comes in to Jerusalem gentle now think about who Jesus is he is the creator of the universe the king of the universe coming into Jerusalem but how does he come in I mean because you look at the other kings of the world other world rulers they come in flaunting their strength they come in with war horses they come in with a military marching in front of them they're playing loud music they're trying to flex their muscles but all of those kings are weak compared to King Jesus but here comes the all-powerful king of the universe but how does he come it says he comes gentle he is gentle mounted not on a warhorse but on a donkey and where does Jesus grow up where is he from he's from Nazareth and Galilee a podunk no-name town in fact the priests the priests of the day when people from Nazareth would come to the temple they didn't want Nazarenes talking in the temple because they had an accent and they thought God was offended by the way Nazarene spoke and so there's a sense that you have nothing to offer the nation of Israel you are totally insignificant but that's where Jesus came from and then if you go on to verse 14 it says this the blind and the lame came to him now Jesus is in the temple the blind and the lame came to him in the temple and He healed them when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wandering in the temple hosanna son to the son of David they were indignant and said to him do you hear what these children are saying jesus replied yes have you ever read Psalm 8 that's how he responds have you ever have you never read and he quotes Psalm 8 verse 2 you have prepared praise from the mouths of infants and nursing babies now this is an incredibly offensive thing Jesus is doing because he's talking to the chief priests and the scribes of the experts in the law and he says have you never read that be like if Bill Belichick arguably the greatest coach of all time ask Jesus ask Jesus the question a question about football and Jesus responds to Bill Belichick by saying bill have you ever watched football have you ever watched football before I mean this is to poke at a chief priests and the scribes he says have you have you never read Psalm 8 do you know what it means because if you knew what Psalm 8 verse 2 meant you would understand Palm Sunday you would understand what's going on here and so as you work your way through it you say ok what's going on well you see the principle the principle becomes clear once you break down these verses and here's the principle that God uses weakness to accomplish his powerful eternal purposes that this is how the plan of God works that God uses weakness to accomplish his powerful eternal purposes and this is what David is marveling at he's looking at in the sovereignty of God in the plan of God he's saying you don't use human strength and ingenuity but you use the weakness of mankind the way Jesus interprets an infant here in Matthew 21 is that an infant does not represent someone who's just come right out of the but an infant represents the weakest and least powerful human beings that's the picture this is how Jesus uses this term infant and so he goes back into soulmate and he says that's what David had in mind an infant is the weakest and least powerful human being and so what David understood was that God uses the weakest he uses the the least significant people to accomplish his purposes and see David had a personal experience with this reality that God works his eternal plan through weak human beings think about who David was David was this little teenage boy the runt of the litter the youngest son and this little teenage boy who's just struggling to grow a peach fuzz mustache he goes and delivers food to his brothers who are at war and when he goes to the battle front he sees Goliath and Goliath is taunting the people of God mocking God and David says I'm gonna kill him and so here comes David no battle experience a little teenage boy to eat the runt of the litter and he goes out to battle against Goliath Goliath is a seasoned warrior a godless man a merciless man it says that he was over nine feet tall according to Hebrew history his beard was so long that it touched the ground so he had a nine foot long beard I just made that up I'm sorry I just was trying to make him more intimidating to you but but he was really intimidating okay I'm really really intimidating and here comes David going at Goliath in battle and he slings a stone hits Goliath in the head he takes Goliath sword and he cuts off his head now how did God accomplish his purpose was it through the mightiest warrior in Israel it was through a teenage boy or consider Gideon you can read about Gideon in the book of Judges and at this time the nation of Israel they are being dominated by the Midianites now they were exploiting the Israelites and the Israelites are thinking we've already been through this before why are we enslaved again and being exploited again the Midianite Army had about 135,000 soldiers and God had a plan he was going to free his people and he was going to use Gideon and you can read about Gideon but this is my summary statement on Gideon the Gideon was the weakest child in the weakest family of the weakest tribe of Israel who was enslaved think about that for a second okay who was he again he is the weakest child in the weakest family of the weakest tribe of an enslaved nation and God says you're my man he shows up to him the angel of the Lord appears to him and says greetings mighty warrior while Gideon is hiding he's afraid and so he says you're gonna lead my people in the battle and you're gonna I'm gonna use you to win your freedom from the Midianites but remember the Midianite Army has 135 thousand soldiers and the Israelite army has thirty-two thousand soldiers and so this is what God does he says let's go to war but he says you still have too many people if thirty-two thousand soldiers and if you go into battle and you win the battle you might think to yourself we won the battle by our own strength and so he says tell all the soldiers if anyone is afraid you can go home and so on that day twenty-two thousand soldiers left because they were afraid so think about that thirty-two thousand soldiers against one hundred and thirty-five thousand soldiers twenty-two thousand soldiers walk away because they were afraid and 10,000 of these Israelite soldiers lied and stayed and they said they weren't afraid I think God says ten thousands way too many and so God whittles it down to three hundred soldiers and God takes 300 soldiers to go into battle against the Midianites and these soldiers don't have to do anything but yell but just do something I mean they basically don't have to do anything and God wins the battle and david marveled at how god works he's this is how you work you use the week to accomplish your eternal purposes and not only did david marvel at this but paul marveled at it 1st corinthians 1 brothers and sisters consider your calling not many were wise from a human perspective not many powerful not many of noble birth instead God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise I mean think about what he's saying that's so powerful if you're if your heart I'm telling you if your heart can grab ahold of this truth it will give you great courage he says God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong and God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world what is viewed as nothing to bring to nothing what is viewed as something so that no one may boast in his presence it is from him that you were in Christ Jesus who became wisdom from God for us our righteousness sanctification and redemption in order that as it is written let the one who boasts boast in the Lord Paul's marveling at the plan of God and so you have David marveling at the plan of God you have Paul marveling at the plan of God and he have Jesus praising God for his plan in Matthew 11 he says at this time Jesus said I praise You Father Lord of Heaven and Earth because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and revealed them to infants yes father because this was your good pleasure and so Jesus just knew the plan of God that God works through weakness just think for a second about Matthew chapter 21 Kyle if we can go back to Matthew chapter 21 or look at verses 14 through 16 real quickly think about the story again Jesus is riding in gentle on a donkey he's from Nazareth and in the temple the king is in the temple it says the blind and the lame came to him and he heals them and when the chief priests and the scribes now let me tell you who they these people are they are the wise they are the intelligent they are the wealthy these are the ones who are viewed to be the people of God the leaders of God the ones who walked closely with God and so you have this contrast you have the blind and the lame in the temple then you have the chief priests and the scribes and the chief priests and the scribes watch Jesus healed these two people people who are blind and lame they get their sight back they're able to walk they're restored and what's amazing is this is that the chief priests see it the scribes see it and the children see it but what did the children do in the temple the children are shouting the obvious reality Hosanna to the son of David the the the picture is that the kids get it not because the kids are ignorant or dumb it's not because they're just uneducated it's just obvious they just saw what was obviously happening that God was among us how do you explain people receiving their sight back how do you explain someone fulfilling all of these prophecies how do you explain all the power that was coming out of Jesus's life and the kids look at it and they say what else could this be but then you have the educated the wise and what's their response they were indignant with Jesus and they killed him and so when I look at this I think who was really blind here you know was that the people who were blind and lame was that the children who were seeing something that wasn't there no the blindness is connected to the chief priests and the scribes and this gives me great hope because what you see in the Bible is that God is not looking for the most brilliant he's not looking for the best-looking he's not looking for the most accomplished or the wealthiest in fact God doesn't give a rip about that stuff he doesn't like if you're really wealthy you got let's say a hundred million dollars he doesn't look at you and he's not like wow you have a hundred million incredible he's not impressed if you can jump like 10 feet off the ground he's not impressed if everyone votes that you're the best-looking person in the universe he's not impressed by that God isn't set up his plan to work through the brilliance and ingenuity of man of man he's simply looking for people who will use their minds people who will be intellectually honest like the kids who just said look and see look at this obvious reality he's looking for the humble people who will bow their knee I mean the root issue I don't know where all of you are at but probably many of you are not really following Christ here this morning why aren't you why aren't you following him well there's one reason you just think you know better than God that's it you just think you know better than he does and Jesus says do it your way he says that's you can live life that way but he says to you he says come and follow me Jesus says to you do it my way can you humble yourself and trust me that's what he's saying and if you do you will see the power of God in your life you will see God change you and make you a different person it's amazing so David morals marvels at babies we spent too much time on that I'm sorry we're gonna have to rush a little bit that's okay so what is he marvel at he marvels at babies second he marvels at the Stars he marvels at the Stars verse three when I observe your heavens the work of your fingers the moon and the stars which you set in place hey so he goes from the babies to the universe and he says look at the universe this is insane this is absolutely insane the Stars and the moon what you've created and he uses this phrase the works of your fingers now what does that mean what does that phrase mean the works of your fingers what means a couple of things first it means that it was easy for God to create the universe when he says it's just the works of your fingers he says it was easy for you this was not hard for you to do at all that's how he saw God though God is so incredibly powerful in every way there is absolutely nothing there's absolutely nothing that strains God he says the creation is just the works of your fingers secondly it means that God created the universe with precision that the the fingerprint of God is on creation precision see I saw this picture the other day I thought I was interesting this is drawn by pencils colored pencils and you look at the picture and you just see incredible details and what I know when I see this is that there wasn't some person who was dipping paint with their elbow and trying to do that with their elbow because he it's not precise you can't get precise it's it's your fingertips that give that gives you the ability to use precision to get into the details and see the works of your fingers it means it was easy for you and your fingerprint is on it your glory is seen in the details of creation and what's amazing to me about this is that David didn't have the Hubble Space Telescope he didn't understand the size of the universe I mean he just thought okay there's maybe like four hundred thousand stars I didn't just making that number up I don't know what he thought but there's no way David could possibly understand the vast universe that we live in there's a guy named David Kornreich an astronomer out of Cornell University University he says right now there's enough stars in the know in the known universe for each individual and planet Earth just try to process this each individual on planet earth to individually have 120 trillion stars so it's like giving out 120 trillion stars to every person on planet Earth I mean we can't even understand what that means but David says it's just the work of your fingers effortlessly creating the universe and not only did David to understand the vastness of the universe he didn't understand how small everything is as well I was reading physicists this week and he was talking about one drop of water and it's it's mind-blowing the way one drop of water works so just imagine one drop of water that drop of water is made up of water molecules now how many water molecules are in one a verge drop of water well he asked this question so I just said I don't know I'm gonna think a billion I don't know what would you say how many water molecules in one drop of water and so I'm kind of thinking through it and trying to come up with some guess but I have no idea and he says this this is what he says he says there are 1.6 7 times 10 to the 23rd power molecules and one drop of water which I don't even know what that means I mean you don't know what that means but that's just a lot that there's a lot of water molecules it's sextillion that's the word I guess and so he says ok now imagine that each water molecule was the size of a marble so are you visualizing this each water molecule is the size of a marble the size of a marble okay now how big would that drop of water be and he says what you do is you take Mount Everest and you turn it upside down and you make it hollow and then you fill all those marbles and Mount Everest and then you multiply that by 1,000 that's the size of the drop of water it's like a thousand times the size of Mount Everest that'd be one drop of water if every molecule was the size of a marble and in ten drops of water there are more water molecules than there are stars in the universe and you just start to look in your life and then there's smaller parts than a water molecule keeps getting smaller smaller small he just keeps going down down down down down there's order everywhere and david says it's the work of your finger your finger this is from you it's incredible it's just incredible so David is marveling he's absolutely marveling at the heavens then he transitions to the dignity of man and the dignity of man it fits under that caption of of the glory of God are the majesty or magnificence of God and this is what he says he says when I observed your heavens the works of your fingers the moon and the stars which you set in place what is a human being that you remember him a son of man that you look after him and so this is what he's dealing with David is dealing with his own smallness his own insignificance he looks at God and he says okay Who am I Who am I really why do I even matter at all in light of who God is I mean think about the omnipotence of God or the power of God versus the power of man I mean God simply spoke and created the universe and when he was done creating the universe he wasn't exhausted at all he had as much power as if he hadn't created the universe his power level didn't go from a 10 to an 8 who was hard that didn't happen at all it didn't face him at all okay now this look at us you run a few miles and you get tired isn't that what happens we just get tired we have to sleep about a third of our lives just to function and then we get old and we get weaker on Thursday I was with my kids at basketball practice and we're doing a drill and we ended up doing push-ups kids are doing push-ups so I said I'm gonna do 10 push-ups with him and I got down I did 10 push-ups and when I was done I thought that used to be a lot easier than it is now and then and then I thought I woke up the next day and I couldn't move and I said I am so pathetic like what in the what is wrong with me this is terrible and I think okay how many pushups can you do in a row I don't know maybe a hundred two hundred it's that's really not that good when you start to think about I mean do like maybe 500 push-ups in a row that would be way above average but that still salt we're still so limited we're so limited and David is dealing he's okay look at my muscles okay here's God created the universe he says who are we or consider the omniscience of God or the knowledge of God versus the knowledge of mankind did you know that God has never learned anything that he knows everything there is to know effortlessly perfectly and eternally there's never been a moment where he learned now how about you have of us I mean our knowledge is nothing like that it's just fundamentally different in every way so David's just looking at God and looking at himself looking at God looking at himself looking at the awesomeness of God then looking at the not awesomeness of man and he says this why do you care about us why do you I mean just why do you why do you love us you know God's love for you let me tell you what God's love for you is like this has helped me a lot you know our the way our love works is this is that you meet someone you get to know them if you're interested in them you maybe fall in love with them and you just keep learning new things about them but then you can find out something about them and you're like ah that kind of makes me feel I don't like that and you can get your love for a person can kind of go up and down and up and down and up and down and a lot of times it's based upon learning new information as I didn't know that about you or you just did something to me that I didn't think you're gonna do but think about God's love did you know that there's never been one moment in the existence of God where God has not known every detail of your life there hasn't been there's not one moment and all of eternity where God has not known you perfectly and there's never been one moment in the history of God which is forever where he hasn't loved you with the same passion that he loves you with today they you are you are completely known by God and you are totally loved by God and that is the way it's been forever forever he says why do you love us this way and not only do you love us but you've given us such dignity that David's mind is the fuses in his mind they're just blowing it's like it doesn't compute too much information you've given us such dignity it says when I observe your heavens the work of your fingers the moon and the stars which you set in place what is a human being that you remember him a son of man that you look after him you made him a little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor he says okay not only do you care about us not only do you love us but you've crowned us with glory and honor so David goes all the way back to Genesis chapter 1 to the creation event where God creates the universe creates Adam and Eve and he says you've created us you've created mankind and the image of God and I think that many of us including myself we do not think through the implications of being created in the image of God we don't think about it but what the Bible teaches is that every human being is created in the image of God whether you're male or female young or old born or unborn regardless of the color of your skin regardless of how much money you have regardless if you're sick or healthy if you're blind or lame regardless if you have AIDS or you're an alcoholic or any other sickness you have been created in the image of God and you you have been crowned with glory and honor I mean think about the implications of that in the way that we treat people and the way that we act towards people and the way we consider human life and see God is the foundation of our dignity God is the foundation that we stand on for our glory he's the one who gave us glory and honor he's the one who's given us our dignity so whenever atheism spreads or whenever any distorted view of God spreads there will always be a devaluing of human life because you're removing the foundation of human dignity what is the basis of human dignity you ask people who don't believe in God the God of the Bible why are people valuable well they just are and that's true that they are valuable but there is a foundation to it so when you remove that foundation inevitably you will devalue human life I mean why are human beings valuable have you ever asked yourself that question why are human beings valuable it certainly cannot be because the substance of our bodies because of ourselves we're valuable because of our cells our cells are very similar to dogs and birds and worms it's like it cannot be because of our cells so what is the basis of our dignity as human beings is it that were smarter than other creatures well that doesn't sell that's not a very good foundation so we just throw it away but we know deep down there's something about human beings that is different than a worm we just know that that is true and so what we try to do apart from God we try to come up with reasons why human beings are valuable some very popular strategies one very popular strategy in the culture is positive mantras so have you heard about this positive mantras and a positive what you do what you're supposed to do is you're supposed to look in the mirror and you start to say your favorite positive mantras I'll tell you some of the positive mantras here's one I am love I am purpose I don't sweat the small stuff I am my own superhero I am enough I am whole I deserve the best and I accept the best now this is my power suit and I am powerful in my power suit I don't even know what that means like what is a power suit and so this strategy let me break down the positive mantra strategy you just lie to yourself you just tell yourself lies why am i valuable I'm just gonna lie to myself I am a superhero that's why I'm packable I am love no you're not just ask your friends you are not the definition of love ask your spouse or your children you are not the definition of love so you could build the basis for human dignity on lies or another very popular way to do it is to push people down you shove the humanity of other people down and you step on them and you stand tall I am valuable because I'm smarter than you I am valuable because I'm better at my job than you I am valuable because I'm better looking I'm valuable because I'm richer I'm valuable because of whatever and what we're doing is we're comparing ourselves and we're pushing the humanity of other people down so we can stand up tall but see when you understand that the basis of our value does not come from how we compare to one another it doesn't come because of some falsehood a positive mantra but it comes because we've been created in the image of God then this is what it does it frees us up to look at one another regardless of skin color regardless if you're male or female regardless if you're wealthy it doesn't matter what what culture you come from it doesn't matter if you're sick or you're healthy you can look at a human being and say you have incredible value because you are created in the image of God and your life is as valuable as mine because we have been created in the image of God and that changes everything it really changes everything and not only have you David says not only have you given us such dignity but you've given us responsibility so I'm eight says you've made him ruler over the works of your hand you put everything under his feet very important phrase you've put everything under his feet all the sheep and oxen as well as the animals in the wild the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea that passed through the currents of the sea Lord our Lord how magnificent is your name and all of the earth and so David goes all the way back to God's original design in the Garden of Eden where he says I've created you to have dominion over the earth you've male/female be fruitful multiply fill the earth with the glory of God and he says you've been given dominion over the earth now what does that mean to be given dominion over the earth it means to bring order out of chaos because naturally things left to themselves will not produce what the earth is capable of producing like in your garden if you have a garden box and you leave it alone something will grow but it won't be productive and so God says I'm gonna give you a garden exercise that dominion over the garden till up the ground plant the seeds produce something that leads to human flourishing when he says you have dominion over the earth he God did not have in mind the idea of polluting the earth destroying the earth a lot of people think that's what this is talking about that's not what he's talking about here saying bring order into the chaos produce things use your create creativity for things that will yield to human flourishing that will fill the earth with the glory of God but Adam and Eve in the garden they blew it they blew it they sinned they rebelled against God and because of that their relationship with God was destroyed their relationship with one another was destroyed their relationship with themselves was destroyed and their relationship with creation was destroyed and so what you see now is that there still is that Dominion that David understood but it's fractured it's it's corrupted because of sin so you see human creativity producing things like spaceships that can go to Mars and iPhones and brain surgery but you also see human creativity used to exploit people and to kill people to take advantage of people and so that Dominion has been corrupted and what David sees in Psalm 8 what he's looking to to in Psalm 8 I believe is God's original design and how will that original design for human beings to be given authority to rule be restored how is that actually going to happens as you've done it but it's been fractured by sin but how is it going to be restored well the writer of Hebrews picks up this concept and the writer of Hebrews quotes Psalm chapter eight and he explains how this problem with the corruption of sin and the Dominion of man over the earth is restored in the person of Jesus Christ and this is what he says that says he is not subjected to angels the world to come that we're talking about but somewhere someone has testified he's talking that saw me what is man that you remember him or the Son of man that you care for him you made him lower than the Angels for a short time you crowned him with glory and honor and subjected everything under his feet there's the term for in subjecting everything to him he left nothing that is not subject to him as it is we do not yet see everything subjected to him very important verse because he's saying listen the Lord Jesus came and he lived and he died and he rose again and he ascended to the Father and he sits in a position on the throne where he rules and he reigns but the writer of Hebrews says this as it is we do not see everything subjected to him it has been but that hasn't been fulfilled in the sense like it will it has been fulfilled things are subject to them but this rule and reign of Christ isn't in its full effect right now so what you see now is you see this corrupted world that we live in we don't see unity and harmony between the world and God people in God people in people people in themselves he says but we do see Jesus made lower than the angels for a short time just talking about when he came for us now why did he come he says so that by God's grace he might taste death forever crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death so he says so we see Christ and what Christ did everyone that came that comes from Adam is corrupted by sin the rule and reign of humanity corrupted by sin Adam was our representative and he failed so God in His mercy sent his son and he's the new representative and the Lord Jesus came and he did everything right and every way and then because of your sin and my sin that demands death Jesus tasted death for every person he paid our punishment because what comes out of Adam and the descendants of Adam what comes out of us is some good things nice things we help you know we get better at things but you see sin and death come out of human beings corruption and exploitation but what did you see out of Christ perfect righteousness and holiness and the punishment that sin demands is death and Jesus tasted that death for us that he might this is what Hebrews is getting at Hebrews two that he might restore us back to that position now what does that mean well it means that the Lord Jesus rose from the dead he was ascended to the Father but some day he's going to return and this is what it says it says that if you are in Christ in a sense a descendant from Christ in the sense that you became a Christian just like we're descendants of Adam if you're in Christ you belong to Christ part of the family of Christ the promise is that you will reign with him you will reign over creation with him the new heavens and the new earth his reign will work through you his body where he's the head where the body it's an amazing reality that the Lord Jesus he's going to use his power and His grace this is what heaven is this is what eternal life is it's the recreation of the heavens and the earth and he's going to use his power and grace and mercy and righteousness and creativity to create a world recreate the world where God can live in the presence of man and man can live in the presence of God and there'll be nothing but I enjoy and peace forever that's what he promises and we will reign with him this is what talks about all over the place we reign with him in Christ we've been given the position of his throne where we sit on his throne with him to reign over creation now you might be thinking is this just a power grab isn't this a pot why do you want to reign over creation well it's not a power grab it really is not Paul explains at least part of what this means in Romans 8 he says for I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us for the creation ET waits with anticipation for God's sons to be revealed for the creation was subjected to futility not willingly but because of him who subjected it this is what means when sin entered the world the universe fell the universe was subjected to futility it says in the hope that creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God's children for we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now it's a picture of the creation of the earth is groaning because the relationship between God or between man and creation is not one of unity and peace it is one of hostility isn't that true it's beautiful creation is beautiful but they're tornadoes and they're hurricanes and these little bugs that fly around and they kill more people than any other creature on the planet called mosquitoes but more deadly to human beings than any other creature because there's not harmony between creation and mankind and so it says creation groans waiting for Christ waiting for Christ and it says not only that but we ourselves who have the spirit as the firstfruits we also groan within ourselves eagerly waiting for adoption the redemption of our bodies now in this hope we were saved but hope that is seen is not hope because who hopes for what he sees so he says listen this is what we have as Christians here's our hope let me explain what it is if you're in Christ you're seated with him that's what Ephesians 1 says and you will reign with him and there there will be a day when the Lord Jesus returns and he recreates the heavens and the earth and the place that he makes what he makes will be greater than this creation it will be free from sin and we will reign with him and there'll be no more division there'll be no more pain there'll be no more brokenness between us and God between humanity between ourselves and there will be total harmony with creation it will be a place where there is no more death and no more dying there's no more sickness there's no more fear of dying there's no more exploitation there's no more injustice but there are perfect relationships with one another perfect relationship with God perfect relationship with ourselves in a perfect relationship with creation where we simply look at the glory of God for all of eternity perfect relationship with God who's the best part of heaven and I believe that David when he writes us he doesn't fully understand what he's writing but it points to this promise this hope that we have as Christians and so I just want to ask you if you were to die right now do you have a right relationship with God are you are you part of the family of Christ see God has set up a system if you want to be right with God he set up a system through His Son Jesus that if you would confess your sins acknowledge that your sins demand death and that the Lord Jesus paid for your sins on the cross and if you would surrender your life to him that he would save you he would make you part of his family he would promise you eternal life he says you will you will be with me forever and if he reject God's offer for salvation you will go to hell if you're like the chief priests and the scribes who say my way I'm gonna do it my way I'm pretty good I go to church I'm pretty good you will go to hell for sure so I just want to ask you have you have you bowed your knee to Christ have you said I want to be in your kingdom I want you to be my lord I want you to forgive my sins I want you to give me a new life if you allow your need him if you cry out to him he will save you and so have you done that and if you have I just want to invite you to marvel at what God has done for you and marvel at what he promises you the more I look at what God promises me the more I want to follow him the more I want to serve him and that's the way the Christian life works you look at him you obey Him you blown away by him you obey him if you're struggling with sin it's because God's not impressive to you it's the way it works so look at him and he'll change you let's go ahead and close Lord Jesus we just praise you that you were willing to taste death for every person that you were willing to die the death that each one of us deserves and Lord what a what a crazy hope that we have Lord just thinking about how there's coming a day there is coming a day when we're gonna see you face to face and Lord we will experience nothing but life and joy and peace in your presence forever and we will reign with you we don't know all that that means but we will reign with you and I pray Lord that you would increase our longing to see you and I pray if there are people here who are trusting in their good works there are people here who have not confessed you as Lord and Savior I pray they would do that today that their sins might be forgiven so lord help us to marvel at your greatness help us to be like David and ask what is man what is man that you would care about us Lord in and of ourselves you shouldn't but you do because you're gracious so we thank you for that we praise you for that Jesus name we pray amen.
Pastor Dan Rude continues our series on the Book of Psalms. Dan discusses how God displays his majesty in creation and how His glory gives us a foundation for human dignity.