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October 4, 2015

HIS NAME IS EXCELLENT

by Leslie John

by Leslie John

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? (Psalms 8:3-4)

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? (Psalms 8:3-4)

“O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens” (Psalms 8:1)

Psalm 8 is written by David and is Messianic. The psalmist praises and admires Jehovah the Almighty God, exclaiming as to how majestic His name in all the earth is!

Having been saved not by gold or silver but by the precious blood of Lord Jesus Christ, it is our bounded duty to sing praises to Him and exalt His name along with the Psalmist. His name is indeed excellent and His majesty is above earth and heaven. He has set His glory above the heavens.

The LORD God established His strength from out of the babies and infants in order to humble the mightiest among men, and to still the enemy and the avenger. He used weaklings from among His creation to exalt His name, and to show His glory and His name to all. He used weakest among us to humble the wise and the proud.

Lord Jesus quotes David, who sang “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” as in Psalm 8:2 and questions chief priests and scribes who saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children singing and saying “Hosanna to the Son of David”, they were sore displeased.

“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 suckling thou hast perfected praise?” (Matthew 21:16)

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes” (Matthew 11:25)

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Heavens are the work of His fingers. He has set in place the moon and the stars, and Psalmist, looking at them, wonders as to what greatness is in man that the LORD should take note of him, and to take care of him. Yet the LORD made man to have dominion over His creation and made little lower than the angels.

Making Jesus little lower than the angels, the Father sent Him into this world, in the form of servant and in the likeness of man, in order that He may become one like us and die in our stead. In His substitutionary death we have our redemption and whoever calls upon Him as Lord, confessing his sins and believing in heart that God raised Him on the third day, will receive salvation.

Jesus Christ accomplished everything that we need to be saved from perishing and therefore, the Father crowned Him with glory and honor. The efficacy of His blood shed for our sake is enough and by the grace of God we are saved by grace through faith (cf. Psalms 8:5; Hebrews 2:7-9)

The LORD has put everything in His subjection and under His feet. The writer of Hebrews puts in a very effective way as…

“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. 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” (Hebrews 2:9)

“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” (1 Corinthians 15:27)

During the period of Millennial reign of Christ from the throne of David the children of Israel will sing…

“…Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. (Isaiah 12:4-5)

Moses, the servant of God witnessed when the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him and proclaimed the name of the LORD. He is “…merciful and gracious, long suffering merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped” (Exodus 34:5-8)

The LORD God is Jehovah and His name is “I am who I am” the everlasting Almighty God and indeed the name of the LORD, our Master is majestic in all the earth.

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