Knowing Christ in Psalm 8 (part 2 of 3)

“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers…what is mankind that You are mindful of them?” Psalm 8:3-4

Think about the beauty of this world: oceans, mountains, canyons, sunsets, sunrises, and starry night skies. Move beyond this world to our own galaxy: The sun, planets, moons, stars, and comets. We can go even further to any one of the thousands of other galaxies that we are aware of and we quickly realize just how small we really are. And then we’re told that the God, who created all the galaxies, planets, stars, mountains, and oceans also created…me.

Have you ever sat back and wondered…

Why me?

This idea is what has David so stunned. Why did He create me? When compared to all these glorious creations, who am I? Ephesians 1:3-14 tells us:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”

While weak and small compared to most of creation, God, in all His mercy and grace, sets us apart for Himself. That we were not only just merely created, but chosen. Hand picked by the God who created galaxies.

Selah…

Chosen by the Father

The Father chose us before the foundation of the world. He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons. When were we chosen? Before any planet, star, mountain, or ocean was created, He set His affection on us. Why were we chosen? Because it was His will. For what purpose? That we should be holy and blameless because of Jesus and that He should be praised. We did nothing to earn or deserve this. We are infinitely unworthy. We are saved by His grace alone for the praise of His grace alone.

Redeemed by the Son

In the Son, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins. Why are we redeemed? Because it was according to the riches of His grace. For what purpose? To unite all things to Himself. Christ is restoring all that was broken at the fall of mankind, where sin entered and corrupted the world and our human nature. He has lavished His love, grace, and mercy on us. All of this has been accomplished by Him and through Him for the praise of His glory.

Sealed by the Spirit

The Spirit seals us, as a guarantee of our inheritance. When were we sealed? When we heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and believed. For what purpose? We are sealed with the Holy Spirit as a deposit, a guarantee, a pledge to show that we belong to God, that we are His. Our inheritance is not of this world. It is eternity in His kingdom, in His presence, praising His glory.

With all the beauty and power in all of creation, we have been crowned with honor by the God who created it. We are unworthy of His love, but He is unashamed of His love for us.

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

“I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking.” George MacDonald

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