Psalm 8 | God’s Majesty Exalts Through Our Frailty

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Key Topics: Majesty; Weakness; Worship; Royal; Humility

Summary: God’s majesty visits our frailty and exalts the humble to royalty. You are significant to God. Trust His presence to lift you up, not your wisdom. Steward well what He entrusts you.
Psalm 8 KJV To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.
1 O LORD our Lord, How excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength Because of thine enemies, That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, And hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet:
7 All sheep and oxen, Yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, And whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
10,000 Sermon Illustrations Only Babies tells about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village who walked by an old man sitting beside a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one tourist asked, “Were any great men born in this village? “The old man replied, “Nope, only babies.
Having a truthful perspective of ourselves is important.
People often struggle with this.
• Some dislike themselves and everything they see in the mirror.
• Others love themselves so much they have a hard time seeing anyone else!
If you Google it, you will find many quotes about discovering and believing in your own self-worth.
Having a proper, biblical view of oneself is important.
It can shape your destiny and relationships.
That can only happen when we hold the proper view of God.
Our view of God determines our view of both ourselves and others.
Without an honest understanding of Who God is and who we are, we will live a life trapped in lies.
• Full of pride
• Full of despair
• Lacking trust
• Without purpose
• Driven by shame
• Confused
• Afraid
ILL—What Missionary Go Oishi told me about the Japanese people
• Forgiveness is not part of their culture at all
• Afraid to owe anyone or disappoint
• Live with pressure to fulfill everyone else’s expectations
We need a true view of God and ourselves.
Psalm 8 describes the biblical view of both God and us.
First, we will see God, then ourselves, and finally how the two meet.
Second, on this Mother’s Day, we will see how this correlates with the mother/child relationship.
Finally, we will see how to respond to this true perspective of God and us.
God’s majesty is worthy of our praise, vs 1-3
Personal Praise, vs 1
Worshipful Praise, vs 1
Thoughtful Praise, vs 3
Our frailty makes room for God’s majesty, vs 2-4
Matthew 21:12–16 KJV 12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
Matthew 18:1–6 KJV 1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Simple enough to believe
Bold enough to be speak
Week enough to be needy
Small enough to serve
Matthew 23:10–11 KJV 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
God’s received majestic presence exalts us to royalty, vs 4-8
Matthew 23:12 KJV 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Here is a description of God’s design for us.
Just below God and His angels
Crowned with glory and honor
Dominion over God’s works
All things under our feet
Now, how can “all things” be under our feet?
Well, that leads us to Jesus.
Jesus is both the fulfillment and combination of Psalm 8
Hebrews 2:5–17 KJV 5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
1 Corinthians 15:23–27 KJV 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
Jesus rules in majesty
Jesus became frailty
Jesus is exalted
Ephesians 1:19–22 KJV 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Jesus, the God-Man, fulfills Psalm 8.
Notice a similarity with mothers
1. Many have a human majesty about them
2. Many birth and nurture frail babies who praise them
3. Many descend to their babies to lift them to their fullest potential
Notice how followers of Christ should respond
1) Consider and praise God
2) Walk in humility
3) Realize you are significant to God
4) Trust God’s presence to exalt, not your wisdom
5) Steward well what God entrusts
Worship God. Trust God. You matter to Him.
Luke 18:9-14 Pharisees trusted in themselves, the sinner humbled himself.
God exalts those who humble themselves.
God’s majesty visits our frailty and exalts the humble to royalty.
You are significant to God.
Trust His presence to lift you up, not your wisdom.
Steward well what He entrusts you.
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