Summary: This is a look at the ways David observed in Psalm 8 that God displayed His Majesty in Creation.
O LORD, HOW MAJESTIC IS
1. A man was told by his doctor he only had 6 months to live. “What should I do, doctor?” he asked.
2. The doctor said, “Move to Arkansas and marry a younger woman with 8 kids.”
3. “Will that make me live longer?” “No, but it will be the longest 6 months of your life.”
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! [ESV]
1. Abraham Lincoln once said: “I never behold (the heavens filled with stars) that I do not feel I am looking in the face of God. I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up, into the heavens and say there is no God.”
2. Today we’re looking at the ways David observed in Psalm 8 that God displayed His Majesty in Creation.
3. The title of this morning’s message is “O Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
I. GOD’S MAJESTY DISPLAYED IN…
A. IN HIGHEST (3RD) HEAVEN, v. 1.
1. “You have set your glory above the heavens.”
2. There are 3 uses of the word “heaven” in Scripture:
a. “The rain fell from heaven,” (envelope of atmosphere),
b. “The stars in heaven,” (physical universe), and
c. “God’s throne in heaven,” (spiritual location, 3rd heaven). This last term is spoken of in verse 1.
3. On this earth, we only HEAR of God’s excellence, and praise Him, the angels near His throne actually SEE & EXPERIENCE His glory!
4. Ezekiel (1:28) and John the Revelator (4:3) both describe God as having a rainbow-like aura, waves of beauty emanating from His glorious Person!
5. Lightnings and tremendous thunders flash & crash from His throne. His perfect holiness humbles even the mightiest of the angels. The ‘seraphs,’ whose very name means “burning ones,” cover their faces before God.
B. IN BIOLOGICAL NATURE, v. 2.
1. HUMOR. Everyone needs recognition for his accomplishments, but few people make the need known quite as clearly as the little boy who said to his father: "Let's play darts. I'll throw and you say "Wonderful!'" Human praise. Do we ever overdo it?
2. How powerfully God proclaims His glory by the weakest of His creatures (v. 2), “Out of the mouth of babies and infants you have [perfected praise, KJV].”
3. SPECIFIED COMPLEXITY: DNA
a. A one-celled bacterium, E. coli, is estimated to contain the equivalent of 100 million pages of Encyclopaedia Britannica, (1012). This is more information than the total writings of the classic Greek civilization (109), and the holdings of the three largest libraries in the world (Oxford, New York, Moscow) have only 1013.
b. Today on Yahoo News was an article entitled, “Scientists say all the world’s data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon,” Mike Murphy, 2-17-15.
c. Scientists have found a way to store data on DNA and retrieve it. DNA is so small that they can store all the world’s info, including movies, songs, photos on Instagram, etc., on DNA the size of a teaspoon. DVDs & Cd’s have a shelf-life of 25 years, but DNA at 00 can retain info for 1 million years!
C. IN DETERMINING THE FUTURE
1. The Lord Jesus quoted Ps. 8:2 as prophetic of Him when the children cried “Hosanna!” at His triumphal entry (Mt. 21:16). God “ordained” this.
2. God not only ‘foretells’ the future, He determines what it shall be. God is outside the bubble of time. He exists in all times simultaneously. He orders & directs all things.
3. “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’” Isa. 46:10; 14:24.