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What is man that You care?

Scripture reading for June 4: Psalms 7-12

“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 man that You care about him? Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have give him dominion over the works of Your hands. . “ Psalm 8:3-6

As David worshiped the majestic Lord who was “our Lord”, he began to contemplate creation.  God’s glory is displayed majestically in the heavenly bodies.  The sun, moon and stars all speak of the wonder of a God who breathed out the stars. (Psalm 8:1,3)  In Psalm 33:6, David actually says that God made the starry host by the breath of his mouth!  When looking at those heavenly hosts, David began to think about man and how insignificant man seemed compared to the vast glory of creation.

What is man?  Man has been made or created just a little lower than the heavenly beings.  God has crowned him with glory and honor.  Man is made in God’s likeness and image. (Genesis 1:26)  He has been given dominion and authority to rule over the fish of the sea, birds of the air, and over the livestock and over all the earth!   God has entrusted man with His creation!  That alone is enough to make us worship this amazing God!  He breaths out the stars but cares enough about us to crown us with honor and glory too!

A proper understanding of Who God is and who we are in relation to Him is a great aid to true worship.  We are blessed by God to be formed in His image and given authority to rule over His creation.   We are mere specks of dust in comparison to the vastness of space and the heavens!  Such understanding draws us to worship and adoration!  Take time today to note the glorious creation and the majesty of God displayed there!  Thank Him for crowning you with glory and honor!  Worship His majestic name!

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Be subject to Authority!

Scripture reading for June 9th:  Proverbs 11-13, Psalm 8, Romans 13

Key Scriptures:  Romans 13:1-5 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.  Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority?  Then do what is good and you will receive his approval, for his is God’s servant for your good.  But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain.  For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.  Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath, but also for the sake of conscience.”

God’s Word teaches us that He alone creates authority and places people in authority to fulfill His will and purposes.  When we resist authority, we are resisting God’s appointed one.  God’s appointed one is there for your good and protection.  If you are doing wrong, God’s authority is there to punish and restrain evil.  Each person knows this because God has made it plain in their conscience.  There are no excuses now and will be none when we stand before God and answer for deeds done in our body in rebellion to our conscience and His appointed authority!

Psalm 8:4-5 “. . .what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?  Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I am thankful for those in authority, believing that You have placed them there for my good and blessing.  Help me to honor and obey them, teaching others through example.

Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”   

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Faith and authority!

Scripture reading for January 10th: Matthew 8, Psalm 8, Prov. 8

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 8:5-9  “When He had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to Him, appealing to Him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.”  And He said to him, “I will come and heal him.”  But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have You come under my roof, but only say the Word, and my servant will be healed.  For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me.  And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

Jesus Christ marveled at the confession of this Roman centurion.  This man understood delegated authority and the power of one in authority.  He knew that Jesus had authority to heal and deliver his servant.  He also humbly recognized his own unworthiness before Jesus.  So he asked Jesus to give the command and understood how that command would be sufficient.  “Great faith!” was Jesus’ declaration when he heard the centurion’s faith request!

Faith’s confession:  Jesus, I believe that You have authority to heal and deliver those who are sick or bound by disease.   I believe that as Your disciple I have authority to ask You in faith for healing.  (Action application:  Ask Jesus for healing for yourself or someone you know who is hurting.)

Psalm 8:3-6 “When I look at 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, and the son of man that You care for him?  Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.  Your have given him dominion over the works of Your hands; . .”  

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Rulers need wisdom!

Scripture reading for July 10th: Proverbs 22-24

The Bible teaches that we are all designed to rule and have dominion!  Adam was given dominion over creation in order to tend and care for it as God desired and instructed.  (Genesis 1:27-28)   We need God’s wisdom because He owns all things and knows best how they will further His purposes.  Many of today’s proverbs offer wisdom to those in authority to enable them to effectively rule with the mind of God and avoid the snares of our enemy, the Devil.

Rulers need humility.  (Proverbs 22:4)  When we fear the Lord, God gives us discernment between good and evil.  When we choose the good consistently we will get wealth, honor and life as added benefits.  We also get a good name and reputation, something that money can’t buy! (Proverbs 22:1)   Staying humble after God has blessed us can be a real test, for prosperity can cause pride.

When a king rules, he acts on behalf of God.   The poor must be treated with equity and respect.  (Proverbs 22:16, 22-23)  Rulers should watch out for their friendships and social contacts.  They must stay away from the adulteress and the hot-tempered man.  (Proverbs 22:14, 24; 23:26-28)  Both of those people lead to trouble.  When judging in court, be sure and convict the guilty and do not show partiality or take a bribe.  God will bless righteous judgment and integrity!  (Proverbs 24:23-25)  Do not seek revenge because that is for God alone!  (Proverbs 24:29)

Drunkenness is dangerous and addictive.  (Proverbs 23:29-35)  Drinking takes away sound judgment and ability to see clearly.  It causes violence, strife and quarrels.  A hangover comes the next day and bloodshot eyes!  It poisons our life like a snake-bite!

The final warning is against laziness.  (Proverbs 24:30-34)   Laziness causes life to fall into ruin around you.  Your life looks like a field that is not tended.  Walls of protection are broken down and enemies steal the crop.  Weeds grow and choke it out and thorns are a sign that the curse is at work.  Laziness leads to poverty and lack!

“Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4

“A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance and for victory many advisers.” Proverbs 24:5-6

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