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!
There was a time before I was saved that I used to build car engines, and I later quit to have time for ministry work. Pretty neat having all those parts lying around, put them together, and VROOM! Once the engine was in the car running, it was a masterpiece. But down on the bottom of the engine, lies the oil pan, and holding it in place, could be as many as 15 bolts. The engine could run and never miss a lick with 13 of 14 in there, and I never thought about those bolts again once the engine was built because the engine had so many other interesting and important parts. But what if I did? And THAT, is the point that David makes here. When we consider how vast the universe is, and we know of only a very small portion of it, is it not amazing that God considers us? That He loves us? In fact, that He loves us enough as sinners to come and take on flesh and die for us so that we can be with Him forever!
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
You know what though? That oil pan bolt had a purpose. It helped clamp down the gasket that stopped oil from leaking out, and the loss of too much oil would damage the engine. It did this while working with the other bolts because that one bolt could not be everywhere at once. Let us consider that in the Body of Christ. That we all have different things we are good at, and that we all have different people we know, and we should work together to reach the lost. It gets tougher when one of us “bolts” quits working for that purpose, or doesn’t even start to begin with.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
When we think on these things, and how much grace and mercy God has shown us in providing a way of salvation, as well as a way to help build His kingdom, as David closed this Psalm saying, how excellent is His name! He is worthy to be praised.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
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