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Our God, Our Glory

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September 15, 2021 8:00 am

Our God, Our Glory

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September 15, 2021 8:00 am

The human body is an amazing and complex combination of bones, muscles, nerves, organs and so on. But we are certainly more than our physical composition. We’re both body and soul, and we’re designed to reflect the image of our Creator. This week on The Bible Study Hour with Dr. Boice, we’ll take a look at Psalm chapter 8 to answer the ultimate question: What is our destiny?

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The human body is an amazing and complex combination of bone muscles and nerves, organs, and more were certainly more than our physical composition were both body and soul and were designed to reflect the image of our Creator today on the Bible study hour with Dr. James Boyce will take a look at Psalms chapter 8 to answer the ultimate question, what is our destiny to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically from the Genesis creation account to be 10 times prophecies God's glory is the centerpiece of every stage of our history and our destiny number going all night and I direct your attention to that.

One of the great great Psalms in the Bible. I think it would be very difficult to say anything negative about any one of the falls are all part of Scripture. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable the Bible itself tells us, and yet it is true is that some of the solvents at least stand out as being perhaps above others in our minds and their ability to speak to our hearts. I suppose that was true the Jewish people to Psalms 11 of those Psalms Psalm 23. Of course, reported that often we memorize that most of us know in my heart, hundred other Psalms.

Psalm eight is one of days. It's one of the truly great Psalms in the Psalter, at least in my opinion, and in the opinion of other people.

CS Lewis, lots of his little reflections on the song he calls it a short exquisite lyric.

One of the commentators said something about going to quote any more commentators tonight, but I think you should hear what is one man's that Derek Kidner is written the book on the Psalms for inter-varsity Christian follow. Here's his assessment. This Psalm is an unsurpassed example of what a human should be celebrating as it does glory and grace of God rehearsing who he is and what he is gone and relating us in our world to him all that masterly economy of words and in the spirit of mingled joy.

All points out Following that, the range of thought takes is not only above the heavens back to the beginning of all things, but also as the New Testament points out on to the very end of the day. The theme of this Psalm is the greatness of God in the place of man within God's universe. I call it our God, our glory now divided into four parts, and we give you the outline of it. First of all there's a celebration of the surpassing majesty of God. Secondly against that background, there's a recognition of the insignificance of man. And thirdly, and by contrast, there is astonishment at the significance of man finally the very end of the Psalm. There's a phrase that repeats Psalms 1st lines of Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. The most striking thing about this Psalm, at least in my opinion is it's a rehearsal of the place of man within God's universe.

Most of the Psalm is about that if you cut up the words review comp versus find most of the Psalms talking about that strikingly, however, that is not the place in which the song begins going to talk about man, but where it begins as with God, and it begins with those words and I just read the words that not only introduced the Psalm, but which also indent all Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. It's a way of saying suppose if David were here to comment on what he's doing. He would say something like this you saying I want to talk about man were going to celebrate man's place in this created order. This universe of God is given, but you're never going to get anywhere in understanding men and women and where they fit in to the system unless you begin with God because God not man is a creator. We are the creatures where significant creatures. God has given us a significance as he is going to show above that of the rest of creation. But nevertheless we are only creatures we are not the creator, and therefore we have to begin with God.

We don't begin with God. It will begin by praising him. Well, then we are never going to make the first steps understanding the doctrine of man so that is where he begins and how magnificently he does it all. Lord, our Lord says David, how majestic is your name in all the earth. Having the Bible is not really do justice to that although you notice if you look at them carefully that most of them capitalize the first word Lord in the second word they do not that's a way of indicating the English reader has only the English words that are two different words there in the Hebrew text. First is the word Jehovah name for God and the second is the word out and I was really does mean Lord and is translated that way appropriately. Another portions of the Bible that were Jehovah in their later history of the transmission of the tax most of the history of the people of Israel was not spoken by pious Jews was regarded as a name that was so holy that they didn't even want to honor some interesting consequences about one thing is when the Jew would come to that name. In reading the Hebrew text instead of saying Jehovah sorry all. However, it would've been pronounced.

We don't know because I didn't indicate to us how it should be pronounced saying that you would say I deny you and want to say the word Jehovah thought that was somehow improper.

And when that massive rates and where the scribes to point in the Hebrew text labor text.

Originally, as you know, with written confidence and the bowels are little lines and bots that are put in above and below the consonant and the Nazarenes came to put in those pointing to indicate that proper weight should be taken and the proper pronunciation of the ancient text. When they came to the word Jehovah they put into it. The bow points not for the word Jehovah, but for the word anodyne as a way of reminding you as you read along in Hebrew text became the word not to say Jehovah because they had an eye instead consequences of that because we don't know how ancient Hebrew is pronounced today will we have the bow pointing to the word out and I don't know whether it's Jehovah, Yahweh, or something else. Y'all as the best guess of the scholars you know where there was none of that belabored piety with David. David wasn't cautious about using the name Jehovah. So when he begins his song. He begins with a rehearsal of God's glory, all Jehovah. He says our Adonijah hold our Lord one was over us, one who is our king and our God excellently prays how majestic is your name in all the earth is say God such as glory above the heavens. I think that is significant as well. It's a way of saying that God's glory is so great that even the heavens can exhausted these going to talk about that little further on the read that we begin to reflect on what David must've done it must've looked at the heavens and see how glorious they were reflected they are only an expression of the glory of God, but he recognizes God was the creator. Therefore, he was a bonnet and God's glory.

Though it is glorious in the creation was a necessity about it so he says you set your glory above the heavens means nothing in creation is ever going to exhaust it certainly not mere men and women how when God's glory is beyond expression, even in the whole of the created order. How are you and I ever going to praise him adequately sets the past that God has set before us, and it's the opportunity is given so in a strange combination of ideas.

David says you have sent your glory above the heavens that is beyond even the ability of the stars in the universe to express immediately steps down and says, but nevertheless from the lips of children and infants you have ordained breaks even the heavens can express your glory but you receive praise for mere mortals like ourselves, send even from children and infants. The psalmists such a glorious song that is coded a number of times in the New Testament and one of those places is in Matthew story appears elsewhere as well. When our Lord and entered the temple after what we call Palm Sunday, everybody had come out to praise him as the son of David and as he went into the temple and began to heal. Matthew tells us the lame and second line. The children were still there taken part in the celebration that day and heard the chatting of the elders and they began to praise him. Hosanna to the son of David, while the scribes and the teachers of the law were there. They didn't like any attention be given to Jesus and detracted from their glory and they really upset and they objected to Jesus cochair with these children are say they're praising you that's improper they were saying and a medication Jesus referred them to the Psalms and having to read and reread the Old Testament in Psalm eight these words from the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise. I guess they were upset with Jesus before they were upset with Jesus before they must've been virtually catatonic after they heard that because Jesse wasn't merely authenticating the words of the children and praising him as a mere man, which is all that Frank son of David would've meant that means a descendent of David, and he was and perhaps suggested that he was the Messiah human Messiah that wasn't anything like that. He was authenticating.

They were saying that I was right. He was quoting the Old Testament to sleep when he went back to the Old Testament." It is a different song made what the lips of children and infants were doing. They are praising God. So as a way of saying not merely that they are right in honoring the mere human descendent of David, and perhaps the Messiah considered only on a human level with her praising me is God there fulfilling soulmate.

I haven't talked about the revelation of God in the heavens and the created order and how that has revealed though it is not exhausted his glory.

David now turns the man.

By contrast, beginning in verse three and following.

He talks about the insignificance of man. I sense as I read this that David probably writing as king and middle-age are in his later years was reflecting on the experiences he must've had many nights and is used perhaps going way back to his childhood when he would be out in the fields taking care of his family. Sheet David was a shepherd should now lie there on his back in the fields under the stars by gazing often to the glory of the heavens.

You and I don't have many opportunities to do that.

Philadelphia even likes without you would be able to largely area so impure, but all the lights were out in the air was pure you look up and have an experience similar to that of David's.

In the near East it all here really is your even today. You look up at the stars on a cloudless night. Most nights are cloudless in the near East. You see, as it seems. Millions upon millions of stars and hang there enough glory and they seem so close in their vast array almost seems that you could reach out your hand and touch them and David must've remembered all about.

So when he begins to talk about the glory of God and to praise God in the heavens, and the glory of God being even above the heavens. He thinks of himself and other human beings and that vast created order. And he says what is man that you are mindful of him, how insignificant we see in that creation. You and I don't have that experience very often doubt many of us have spent much time reflecting on the stars.

Think back in your memory.

Member your childhood be pretty hard for most of us to have great memories of that some of us may, but there's a sense in which we go a little bit beyond David, at least in our knowledge of the universe and especially mathematically, we know, for example, but the arts vast as it is only a tiny planets in our particular solar system in our solar system is only one little solar system toward the outer edge of the Milky Way, which is our galaxy and the only one galaxy in the universe of many billions of galaxies distances are so vast that the light coming from the furthest reaches of the universe, at least as far as we can see with our telescopes takes billions of years to get here really to bring it down closer and closer to home seen in the news the reports of the Voyager 2 spacecraft as it made its way out through our solar system toward outer space passed by and photograph for the planets on its journey.

This latest episode of photograph Neptune but beyond that is Pluto. It hadn't even gotten to the furthest of the planets and began to send back these magnificent pictures. What impressed me was the fact that it taken years and years and years to get there 12 years just to get Neptune in our own solar system. And when it sent back its pictures with radio wave speed of sound hundred 86,000 mi./s. It took four hours of the radio signal to get back so if you signaled spacecraft took four hours for your signal to get it for hours worked to get back in exchange of information for the third of the day and I was is not to be on that all the space that's how fast the universe is no wonder David when he contemplated that even with the part was known to him said, what is man that you are mindful of him, that you know the funny thing is that in spite of all the in spite of the way this all has gone up to this point, beginning with the glory of God, which is above the heavens and the glory of the heavens and the insignificance of men and women measured against that vast array of the heavens. Nevertheless, at this point begins to turn and talk about the significance of man has to do with the place in which God is put him what he says is this what I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which are set in place. What is manager mindful of him, the Son of Man that you care for him. You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor you made ruler over the works of your hands and you put everything under his feet all flocks and herds and beast of the field, the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, all that swim plans of the sea. Interesting how he describes the significance of man. After having said the things you said one thing he does is talk about man's glory met interesting verse one is talking about the glory of God. This is the glory of God is set above the heavens. So great that even the heavens can express it. But now he begins to talk about man in verse five he says even though you made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory. Answer same words stopped of God and his glory glory inexpressible. But now, nevertheless, he begins to talk about man and exactly the same way as a way of saying you say that the significance Son of Man comes not from his sunrise from the fact that he is made in God's image and because it is made in God's image bearers something of the divine glory is another way in which he does it he talks about man being made ruler over the works of God's hands. Verse six we know by studying the Scriptures elsewhere, that there is a sense in which God alone is the ruler apostle Paul when he writes about that in first Timothy speaks in those terms. He says you are the only blessed ruler speaking about God and yet here is David applying that very word Manny saying you are the ruler, but in an amazing way.

Not only created us and given us something of your glory but you have given us the same responsibility you exercise, you are ruler over all you latest ruler over the things beneath our feet all the things on the earth, and especially living intelligences that we find on the earth. One way of stressing the importance of man all because man is made by God as one of the tragedies of our civilization that is trying to find the significance of man. In other ways.

What does that is always the frustration you try to describe the significance of man. In terms of his chemical makeup, you end up saying the man is worth about $0.98. At least that's what we used to be in terms of our chemical constitution before inflation took over. I suppose now it's $98 but it's not very much.

See if you begin to approach man that way. Well, it really isn't significant ace next to nothing.

But that's not what David does what I find most important about this is the way he places man in what has been called a mediating position in the created order.

I talked about this before, especially when we are talking about Romans one, and some of you may have heard them because I use Psalm eight illustrate some of things you find the latter half of that chapter. St. Thomas Aquinas was the first person to do this as far as I know, and he did it in his own unique way. He said what distinguishes man from the rest of intelligent creation is that we are spirit, body beings, that is, we have spirits we have Bonnie look upward. The Angels at or above us, the Angels have spirits but not Bonnie look downward to the animals who are beneath the animals have bodies but not spirits.

What's unique about men and women is that we are both body and spirit. So according to Aquinas, we occupy this mediating position.

I don't think that's what David is talking about, particularly buddies. Nevertheless, speaking about a mediating position and you see it as you read the saw me begins with the glory of God and the majesty of the heavens and having talked about that he comes on to talk about man after he describes man goes on to say is been made ruler over flocks alerts and the beast of the field, the birds of the air and the fish of the sea see what is done, he started with God and the angels in the heavens in my hand, and the animals of the beast, and so on. And here the middle is man. The interesting thing is that when he describes man.

He uses this phrase. Verse five.

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings how man really isn't a mediating position as the song says. I've tried to indicate why did he not say you made him a little higher than the beasts that would be true as well. Wouldn't man is halfway between the Angels and beast.

You could just as easily say made him a bit higher than the base as to say you made him a little bit lower than the angels, but he doesn't say that he says you made him a little bit lower than the angels, and that is a way of saying you say that it is not only man's possibility but also man's responsibility to look downward to the beast and compare himself to them. Essentially what to look to the Angels and beyond the angels to God and to recognize that he divides his glory from God because he's been made in God's image course because he looking upward.

The Angels and the God in whose energy is made he will if he does not become increasingly like God you always become increasingly like that which you look and it's the tragedy of the human condition that instead of looking up to God. We have turned from God is Romans one very clearly describes and we look down to the beast that we derive our identity. Man, that's what evolution is all about. It says is what evolution says we are just slightly improved. Christianity says we are creatures made in the image of the creator.

We are made like God you noticed as I begin to talk along those lines, and David here is reflecting the first chapter of Genesis very significant. It shows that he knew the book derived his theology from it references here in the first chapter of Genesis right through from beginning to end. What is doing is thinking about man in that context is God made him I have been saying when we talked about verse five, but it is indicating that were made a little lower than the angels, but you know it's worth mentioning that that phrase heavenly beings Hebrew text is actually the word Elohim Elohim means God is the plural name for God. God, since we were translated to God uses a consultant plural sense. Perhaps a good indication of the Trinity.

What it really says here you made him a little lower than Elohim. I suppose that was so shocking to most of the translators that they didn't want translated that way. I know it must've been that the translators of the Septuagint. That is the Greek version of the Old Testament because at this point in Septuagint uses the word for angels rather than the word for God. And that is what has been picked up by the author of the book of Hebrews because in the second chapter of Hebrews, it refers to angels some justification for that word Elohim meeting God or God in the Old Testament is sometimes used for spirit meetings.

For example, you know the story of Saul going to the witch of Endor. He had stopped consulting God, have fallen away from God because of his disobedience, and so we went to the winch one to find out what the future held. It was just on the verge of battle in which he was finally killed and which offender probably charlatan was pretending to bring up the spirits from the earth and suddenly was startled when spirits really came and the words he used was Elohim. She says I see spirits ascending from the earth, Elohim, Psalm 82. Read it in our Scripture reading this morning. I don't know you noticed it uses the word Elohim, behold, he said you were God referring wrapped the spirits of the rulers of the people can be used in that way when I want to suggest is that since David is referring obviously to Genesis 1 and since Elohim is a word that is used for God in Genesis 1 the very beginning of the Bible says Berra sheet rock Elohim in the beginning God Elohim created the heavens and the earth.

And since it says very first chapter, which is obviously referring to phraseology is there straight through us. God said, let us Elohim said, let us make man in our image that is obviously what David is talking about here.

So although it's bold although it seems perhaps indelicate us to say at what David really says is you made man a little lower than yourself. You made him a little lower than God, and you crown him glory and honor as I sale the God made us that way. We turned from him. We despise the relationship we had in the center that we look to the animals and we become like them you won't become like God. You will have godly animal creation is the only other way to look at what I say is the strength of evolution is not that evolution such a great theory is no evidence really to support my judgment all those are some circumstantial things, but no inclusive evidence with a string of evolution is that if you throw I God it's the only theory laughed. What else can we come from, you know that God has to be something like evolution. That's the strength to sleep you choose at your peril. Because what you really lose is what makes you distinct God's creation. You were made for fellowship with him.

You're not made simply to fellowship with animals and you're made to be like God, not to be like the beasts above and referred in this connection to the story of Nebuchadnezzar because it is the great illustration. An example of this in the Old Testament. You know the story of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar took the glory of God to himself. He was in his capital Bible, and on one occasion he was on the roof looked out over this great city, probably over the hanging gardens which were known as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and as he looked out over this magnificent city.

The greatest thing of the time. He said to himself, is not this the greatest babble and I have built since the royal residence by my mighty power and for the glory of my Majesty says all of that out there. Everything I say is all man by man, for man's glory and humanism. That's what the Knesset was saying and it tells us of the story that while the words were still on his lips, a voice came from heaven, and the voice said this is what is decreed for your Nebuchadnezzar, your royal authority has been taken from you, you will be driven away from people you will live with the wild animals you will eat grass like cattle sometimes will pass by for you and you acknowledge of the most high is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes other words, God punished Nebuchadnezzar with insanity and the expression that is a Nebuchadnezzar without to behave like animals.

That's a way of saying that that's what the human condition is when we reject the kind of place.

We are given according to what we are told in Salt Lake to see if you see yourself in this universe being made by God. Responsible to God's image to rule the world for him. Well all you're going to do is see yourself like an animal and you will begin to behave like animals and are world is doing that as a matter of fact, our world is behaving even worse than animals because we do things as human beings, and even the animals would do John Gerstner or my mentors was talking on Romans one on one occasion he was saying how when we run away from God. We end up behaving like the animals as a matter fact he said we behave like rats women act like rats all the time and afterwards he had a question.

We would like that in the came up to one woman in particular was incensed. She said to Dr. Gerstner that was terribly unfair comparison that I demand you apologize. Dr. Gerstner said Mme. you are right I do apologize. In fact, I apologize profusely. That was terribly unfair comparison to the rats what he meant to say you see is acts like a rat actually a ratchet behave. Nobody blames a rapidly want to rent the house or a dog for doing what a dog does rely on for doing the lion, the when men and women get out there and start acting. They do things even worse than the animal and it's a sad sad thing because they lost that relationship with God. Say what we are challenged to do is to look up God find him to become like him. Rather than the look down, but we wallow down so we asked the question. Well, that situation what is the God does. We know what God does because he's done it because the Bible is all about. What does God do God, since Jesus Christ lived among us tonight for our salvation and want to fulfill soulmate because Jesus is the fulfillment of the Psalm. He is the one that was made a little lower than the heavenly beings was crowned with glory and honor and who throughout all his earthly days was always looking up his father was a perfect expression of his father. The image of the invisible God, and he never got his eyes off his father wants which of course is why the author of the book of Hebrews quotes the Psalm as it does in chapter 2 is not angels that he is subjected the world to come, says the author of Hebrews of Jesus, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified he is referring to the Psalm. What is manager mindful of him, the Son of Man that you care for him. He made him a little lower than the angels who crowned him with glory and honor.

You put everything under his feet is talking about Jesus Christ and putting everything under him.

God left nothing that is not subject to him is what he says is a Jesus perfect man as well as perfect God will fill that song showed us only what Psalm is about what God intends us to be. How do we find out how do we realize a great destiny. We find it by coming to God, and Jesus Christ died for us our sin. Mike punished he enters our hearts by his Holy Spirit to work make us like him.

It is true that we don't see all things put under them yet, and the author of Hebrews says as much. I was reading there in verse eight. Let me continue. Yet, at present, we do not see everything subject to him. What he said after that point is exactly what Paul says in the second chapter of Philippians. You know how that goes. You made him ruler over the works of your hands you put everything under his feet.

That's picked up where the apostle Paul says he became obedient unto death, even death on the cross. Wherefore, given them a name that is above every name, that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every knee is not yet bowed and is the author of Hebrews says.

At present, we do not see everything put under it. We will one day. But what do we see what does the author of Hebrews author Hebrews says Bott. We see Jesus, but we see Jesus a little further on in the next chapter he says.

Therefore, holy brothers of Sharon, the heavenly calling picture thoughts on Jesus wasn't mean we fix our thoughts on Jesus. What are we doing what we are doing is exactly what soulmate is talking about. In other words, instead of looking down.

We are looking up to say here so we can see God receiving Jesus Christ what the other Hebrews is saying is the fulfillment of the song. He is the express image of the invisible God will become like him by his grace.

You following in his footsteps will begin to become what God has always intended.

You today other words, will fulfill the Psalm with the Psalm is all about and we will end up where David ends up that is their eyes upon God, and we will find ourselves saying at the end as we did at the beginning of the Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name, all the earth. Father, we thank you for the song. We thank you for the teaching here, but profound, much of it beyond us.

Certainly much of it here that we can understand which we must obey.

We pray that if there are people here are always slaughtered any mixed gathering perhaps of her great deal of Christian preaching or religious teaching, but never had their thoughts redirected from the world around for which there selling their souls to Jesus Christ died to save them if you like. So redirect their minds and their hearts in this hour. Use this form to touch them and to show them that you made them not to be mere animals experience an eternity of fellowship with yourself to what Jesus Christ is.Brandon as they find them a savior that might also find him as one of us are ever present companion and friend whom they can walk and by his grace and by the power of your spirit, they can become increasingly like a father, help us all to do that bro. My direction the praise of the glory of your great grace. Thank you for listening to this message from the Bible study our listener supported ministry of the alliance of confessing Evangelicals. The alliance is a coalition of pastors, scholars and churchmen who hold to the historic creeds and confessions of the reformed faith and who proclaim biblical doctrine in order to foster a reformed awakening in today's church.

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