The Greatest of God
1. This is a psalm of praise of God. There is a lot of talk today in
Christian churches about praising God and giving Him glory. The Charismatic
certainly talk a lot about praising God. However, I have a problem with
their praise, because are misleading great numbers of gullible people.
A lot of those praising God, are in doctrine denying His word, misusing it for personal gain does not praise God.
Praising God is more than waving one’s hands in the air, chanting “praise” songs, in an emotional exercise whose purpose it to give the praises some kind of spiritual high.
2. But addressing false praise is not my subject. I wish for us to
briefly take a true look at who God is that we might know who He truly is,
of His greatest, glory, magnificence, and power. Why? That we might be
humbled and see how appreciative we should be that He has shown His love for
us, paid our penalty for our sins, and offers us forgiveness of sin and
eternal life if we simply believe and put our faith in Him.
In truth when we see who Jesus Christ our God and Savior is it is amazing that He is even mindful of us. Yes, we all are sinners and rebel against Him. We deserve his judgment. He created us for a purpose and most people are not interested in living the life He created us to live. Yet in spite of our rebellion He loved us, suffered and died for our sins and offers us redemption free if we will accept it.
We are all His special creation. He has a plan for our lives and wants us to live the best life possible.
I wish for us to look at His greatness, though we in truth can only get a small glimpse of His nature, character, and person. I believe when we realize who we are, and who is our Creator, we would believe and receive Him as our Savior. The opposite of that is to be separated from Him and His love, and be destined to spend eternity in hell.
I think few know who His is truly and we are the poorer for doing so.
I. The Historical Setting.
A. In this Psalm young David, so it appears is praising God for the great victory He gave Him over slaying the giant Goliath? (1 Sam. 17)
Verse 4 says, “What is man that thou are mindful of him?” David understanding the greatest of God thought why should God pay any attention to a little shepherd boy, yet God did. (Psalm 8:3-4) As a shepherd boy he was often at night staring into the beautiful heavens and awed by the fact that God created them.
Why should God be mindful of anyone here today? To be mindful, means to be aware of. Who of us, when we consider the greatness of Almighty God think that we would be in His thoughts? Are we not all frail, finite, sinful objects of His creation, having no righteousness in ourselves being vain and without worth compared to Him?
B. Yet, our wonderful and loving Creator, is mindful of us and cares about us. It is a thought more than we can comprehend. It is a gift so marvelous we stagger at its implications. God who spoke the Universe into being . . . is mindful of us!
II. Let us do what the Psalmist did and let us consider the “. . . how excellent is God’s name in all the earth.” heavens. We are but material beings and we only know what we can see in our physical world. God wants us to know about Himself and He points us to His creation to reveal His greatness in a way we can understand to some degree.
To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.” (Psalms 8:1)
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.” (Psalms 8:2)
Child’s Response to question Who Made you?
“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained” (Psalms 8:3)
Remember what Romans 1:18- 20 tells us....
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:19-20)
God reveals to us Himself through the Creation. It says that nature shows the evidence of His existence and the Godhead. That is a reference to God as our Creator and also our Lord, and we are responsible to Him.
You see, you can look at Creation and know that this universe, earth and all life is the handwork of our Designer and a Creator. But you do not personally know who He is.
This is called natural revelation. It does not tell us how we can personally know God as our Savior and have a relationship with Him. But it tells us He is there! It reveals a great deal about Him, but not His essence or His being. It does not tell us specifically about any of our Creator’s plans, or His will for us and His plan of salvation. It points the way for us to seek Him.
Are we, are beginning to get the picture?
Astronomers tell us that our Universe is a vast place. In fact it is so huge that it cannot be measured. Astronomical distances are too large to measure in miles or kilometers, so they mark distance in light years. When science thinks they have figured it out some new discovery comes along and they have to revise their figures and always the new figures are larger much larger. It is always larger.
One light year is the distance that light travels in one year or 365 days. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second. That means that in one year a beam of light will travel 5.87 million million miles or 5.87 trillion miles. In Britain it is called a quintillion (6 trillion).
We live on a planet in the solar system called Earth and is located 92,960 miles from the sun. Our planet is the third planet and revolves around the sun every 365.25 days and is 3959 miles in diameter.
Most of us are familiar with our galaxy called the Milky Way. It is
measured at 100,000 light years in diameter. That is 100,000 x 5.87 million
million miles. It is measured at 1000 light years thick and contains 200 to
500 billion stars.
Our galaxy is called the Milky Way and it is a barred spiral galaxy. A galaxy is one that contains a prominent central bulge at its core and luminous arms of gas, dust, and young stars that wind out from the central nucleus in a spiral formation. Spiral galaxies have a small, bright central region, or nucleus, and arms that come out of the nucleus and wind around, trailing off like a giant pinwheel. In barred spiral galaxies, the arms extend sideways in a short straight line before turning off into the spiral shape.
Our earth is located in a very precise place in our spiral galaxy. If
the earth was in a spiral that is further out or closer to the nucleus life
would not be possible.
Between the spirals of our galaxy is open space. The earth is also located on spiral is such a place that we are on the edge of that space and that means we can see out into the universe. If we were not located in this precise location we could not see into the universe as the matter in the spiral would block our view. You think that was by chance?
Earth is located exactly in the small space in our solar system that
is far enough from the sun to allow liquid water to exist and our planet
to house carbon life that includes you and I, animals, plant, and
microbiological life to exist.
Earth gets the perfect amount of heat and cold. If it were closer to the sun we would burn and temperatures would too high to survive. If it were farther earth would be too cold and we would freeze to death.
Also, if we were not located at the precise place in our galaxy spiral we would see the great handy work of God in the Universe. A degree closer the gases and material would block our view of the universe.
You think that was by chance?
Our sun is very small compared to the other stars . . . yet even being 93,000.000 miles away you can feel is warm on your face.
Earth and Moon
Clouds of Magellan and Andromeda
Well, let’s look further. With the naked eye we can see two other galaxies in our galaxy, the Clouds of Magellan and Andromeda. Science estimates that Andromeda is 1.5 million light years away. Its light emission is measured at 2,500 million times more than our sun.
Scientists say they have discovered in that region of space several
hundred thousand million galaxies and estimate that total number of
observable stars is 1025 power, or 1 followed by 25 zeros. No human could
live long enough to count the stars, so lets see if a computer could? Most
of the newer fast computers can do 10,000 million calculations per second.
That is really fast!
However, at this speed it would require 30 million years of non stop counting to count the stars. But that too is a problem. Most computers will not last 30 million years!
Are you beginning to get some concept of the immensity of the Universe that God simply spoke into existence?
Some might criticize me for using so much information about science and our universe in this message. I am simply talking about what God made! May I say to you:
Do you understand that I am referring to the hand work of our God and Savior!
Yes, I am thrilled at looking at spiritual truths, but this is another
truth about God . . . that shows us His greatest and power and I am
thrilled when I see what He has made.
Friends, God made it! He simply spoke the universe into existence. Clearly if He made it, then He is greater than his creation. This gives us some small insight into who God is.
Yet, we all know that if something is designed and created it has a purpose. We can look a Creation and know we have a Creator, and that should cause a sensible man to ask the questions “Why?”
Why was I created and why am I here? Who is God who created me and the
The devil is preying on the ignorance of men tells us we are the result of a biological accident the result of random chance. That is the teaching of Darwinism and evolution. Yet, science show us emphatically that we are wonderfully we are made. Whether a man accepts it or not he is the special creation of God.
The Psalmist says, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalms 139:14)
We can see the greatest of God in the vastness of space He has
created. We can see His magnificence also in the smallest things of His
Molecular biology has recently revealed before unknown truths the greatness of God’s creation of life itself. In a simple cell there is a intricate group of molecular machines that makes the cell function and reproduce.
The smallest and most simple cell is intricate beyond our imagination. In every living cell is an intricate group of biological machines precisely created to carry out the functions of that cell. Each cell has DNA, or de-oxy-ribo-nucleic (de ox-ribon-nu-cal-ic) acid, that is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. Nearly every cell in a person’s body has the same DNA. Most DNA is located in the cell nucleus . Each human cell contains around 3 billion parts of information that is needed to form a living cell.
There are about six million cells are crowded together in one square inch of human skin. Each person has about 2,592 square inches of skin depending on their size and weight. In a drop of human blood, there are more than five million floating cells. The average man has about five quarts of blood. It contains a total of about 25 trillion red cells, 1 ½ billion platelets and some 35 billion assorted white cells. The brain and its nervous system contain about 10 billion cells, plus there are cells liver, the muscles, the intestines and every other part of the body. Science is not sure, but estimate at least 60 trillion cells in the average body.
Most of these cells, remember, are busy laboratories of chemical activity. Most of them wear out and are replaced by new ones. Certain intestine cells work themselves to death in about 36 hours. A white blood cell is replaced with a new one after 13 days, a red cell has a life expectancy of three to four months.
Nerve cells, however, are built to last a century. They cannot be replaced and they work as hard or harder than any other type of cell in the body. The fiber of one nerve cell may be six feet long, reaching all the way from the toes to the brain. It may be in contact with 25,000 other nerve cells. It can pulse signals at 200 miles an hour and the entire nervous system can cope with 36 trillion impulses an hour. Yet a lifetime of this busy communication work does not wear out the body's durable nerve cells.
Inside DNA is a strain on which the information is stored which can produce every component of a living cell. This is called the process of transition. The question for the evolutionist is where did the information come from to even produce “random chance?”
Briefly it works this way.
Cells have molecular machines that carry on the work of maintaining the cell. Two of the types of machines are call Kinsens, and Flagellans.
Flagellum: A particular molecular machine called a flagellum attaches itself to the DNA and begins to unwind a section of the DNA helix or strand. This exposes the information stored in the design of the DNA which is needed to produce a particular protein molecule the cell need to live. By the way, researchers have confirmed the existence of 19,599 protein-coding genes in the human genome and identified another 2,188 DNA segments that are predicted to be protein-coding genes.
Next another flagellum copies the information the other machine has exposed which is called “messenger RNA” (Ri-bo-nucleic acid) The molecular machine then takes the RNA through a special port in the wall of the cell to the cell’s nucleus. The RMA is then attached to a molecular factory in to core of the cell called a Ri-bo-some. Ribosomes take RNA information and from nucleic acid makes proteins that the cell need to live.
Next the strain of RMA is taken to another molecular machine which folds into it precise shape needed to function and then another molecular machine transports to the nucleus of the cell to the exact place in the cell the protein is needed.
Kinesin (Ki-ne-sin) Kinesin are motor proteins that actually walk around the inside of a cell on microtube filaments. which convert chemical energy released from nucleoside triphosphates into mechanical energy.
Revelation 4:11 takes on a more profound meaning when we consider the greatest of God’s creation. “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.” (Revelation 4:11)
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalms 8:4)
“For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” (Psalms 8:5-6)
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; (Psalms 8:6-7)
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. (Psalms 8:8)
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! (Psalms 8:9)
God tells us in John 4:24 that He is Spirit. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
God says His essence is “spirit.” He exists outside of the universe, but He is in every atom of His creation. Speaking of Jesus Christ God’s word says, “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:17) The words consist is the word sunistao (soon-is-tah'-o) and means to be “set together.” It means He is the power of the Universe.
One of the most important forces in the Universe is gravity. It holds everything together. Isaac Newton was credited with discovering and exploring gravity. The force of gravity is the same on every object no matter what its size or what it is made of. Gravity is the very force that holds the universe together. Do you remember what Colossians 1:12-17 says?
“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Colossians 1:12-17)
What an amazing truth it is that our Creator, who spoke the Universe into existence would be mindful of a mere man? He is mindful of you and me. What an amazing thing it is.
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalms 8:4)
“What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?” (Job 7:17)
“LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!” (Psalms 144:3)
1. What should all this mean to you and me? It is the power of Jesus Christ that is holding everything together . . . yet the world ignores Him, degrades Him, belittles Him, and denies His existence.
2. God has made both natural and spiritual laws to order the universe and even our lives, yet most men live destructive lives, flaunting God’s laws. They love their sin and refuse to come to the light least their evil ways are exposed.
3. The question is vital to every man, woman, boy and girl.
Do you know your Creator Jesus Christ? Have you believed and accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?
Will you believe the overwhelming evidence from natural and from God’s word the Bible and bow to Him in repentance of your sins and callousness toward Him and accept Him as your Lord and Savior?
Almighty God is mindful of you. He is omnscient, which means He
know all things. He knows even the number of hairs on your head. He
knows your heart and your every thought. Why would He be mindful of
you and me?
I cannot explain this more than tell you . . . He says He is and He went to that Old Rugged cross and paid for your sins so you could believe and have everlasting life with Him in eternity. No greater expression of love could He show us than to die in our place and offer us His grace and salvation.
4. Why would any man or woman not accept God’s offer of forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven with Him? Why would not every person want to experience the blessings of living the life God created them for?
5. God’s message is clear this morning. His word tells us of heaven and He also warns us of the existence of hell, prepared for the devil and his angels.
God, Himself came to earth, took upon Himself our sins. His suffering for you and I are beyond our comprehension, yet He did that because He loves each of us whom He created.
6. Most of us are preachers here. We have surrender to serve our God and Creator. I wonder if we have tried to fully comprehend who we are serving? I know for a long time, even though I believed God and loved Him I really did not appreciate who He is. When I did it changed my life . . .
I hope this message from God will change yours.
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