Meeting with God

Psalm 8:1–9

You have heard how much God loves you. You have heard how on judgement day he wants to embrace you and celebrate together. You know it is true, but do you feel it in the marrow of your bones?

If you do, you are one of the lucky ones. Not everyone feels it. For a lot of people it makes logical sense, but the don’t feel it applies to them. We are conscious of our sin. We are conscious of our failures and weaknesses. We cannot see how God could love us when no one else can. Our feeling of worthlessness is stronger than our feeling that God loves us.

Our friends are so desperate to feel good about themselves, that they tell us how we are less than them. Maybe we had parents who told us we are a waste of space, and we came to believe them. Our teachers seemed to agree with our parents. And of course one of the very first lies that Satan told Eve was that God didn’t love her and had lied to her. (Genesis 3:4)

If it is hard for you to feel that you have any value, welcome to real life. Many of us feel like this much of the time. It is a lie from Satan that has been repeated so many times we struggle to see the truth. The truth is that God’s love does not depend on anything we do. He wants to bless us however bad we are.

It is not a new feeling. Things have been this way from the start of time. King David knew these feelings and wrote about them.

When he was young, David looked after sheep. He was often with his sheep on the hills at night. The sheep were safe with him. David saw the moon and the stars in the sky. God had made them all. God was strong and powerful, but God had enemies. These enemies fought God. They also hurt the people of God. David felt very small when he looked at what God had made. David felt that he was not important.

David also knew that God would make people strong. Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth that God had said, “My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). When he grew up and became king, David wrote Psalm 8. Perhaps it was when he lived in Gath, a Philistine city 30 kilometres west of Bethlehem. David came from Bethlehem. In the psalm, David remembered “the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals” and thought about “the moon and the stars you set in place.”

David also remembered that he felt very small. King David, who the New Testament tells us was also a prophet, put all that he felt into Psalm 8.

David asked the same question we ask when we feel unworthy. In verse four he asks God: “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?”

And the answer is, you are amazing. You are not worthless at all, despite what people may have been telling you all your life. You are absolutely incredible.

David writes God’s reply in verse five: “Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority.”

You. Me. Us. All of us. We were created only a little lower than God and God crowned us with glory and honour.

You may have seen this Psalm quoted in Hebrews 2. In Hebrews it is applied to Jesus and says he was given a position “a little lower than the angels” and he is now crowned with glory. In the Psalm though in the original Hebrew it says a little lower than ‘elohim’, which means God or possibly gods. You were created only a little lower than ‘elohim’.

And when King David wrote Psalm 8 he seems not to have been thinking of the Messiah but of all of us. In any case, as Messiah Jesus is the first-born of many and we shall be like him, crowned with God’s glory.

When Satan tells you that you are nothing, you can read him this Psalm and remind him that in fact you are almost like God, and you are made in his image.

This is why God cares about you. This is why God cares about all of us.

This is why God warned Noah of the flood.

This is why God appeared to a man in Ur, a coastal town in the south of Iraq near Kuwait, and told him to go to a new country.

This is why God sent messengers to warn Sodom and Gomorrah.

This is why God appeared to Moses and told him to rescue the descendants of the man from Ur. Moses went back to Egypt, to the slaves whom God loved, and led them to freedom.

This is why God appeared to Jonah and told him to warn Nineveh.

We suggest that you read the Bible straight through like a novel as often as you can so that you increase your sense of the great sweep of God’s hand through all of history. On the wall just there we have a Bible reading plan to help you with exactly this by reading ten chapters each day.

We are not God. Let’s not make that error. We were created by God. But he created us in his image to be only a little lower. He created us to be crowned with glory and honour.

God made us to be in charge of everything he made, and he put all things under our authority – flocks and herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents.

That is who we truly are, but just now we don’t see ourselves as we truly are. We have fallen and the stains of sin hide our true identity.

That is why God comes to you. That is why God wants to have a relationship with you. God cannot have this kind of relationship with anything else in the creation, not even the angels.

That is why it is so important for you to respond when God comes to you. How many names are missing from the Bible because when God came to them and warned of a flood, for example, they did not listen. God comes to all of us, and he asks us all to take back the great glory and honour he made for us.

The Bible talks about us as children of God because we are so like him and our relationship with him should be so close. Don’t let anyone tell you different, not even yourself.

Whether you feel like the prodigal son who ran away from home, or the loyal son who stayed at home and helped his father, the key point is relationship. They both failed at first to have or develop a close relationship with their father, even though he loved them.

And why was that? It was because they didn’t understand who they were – beloved sons.

Satan has made us forget who we are. His lies have made us slow to believe who we are.

You were created to be a son to God, like him and just a little lower than him. Don’t forget who you are. Don’t let Satan tell you anything else. Don’t let anyone put you down.

Also don’t forget that you are part of a relationship. You cannot have confidence in yourself. You are not almost God for any reason except your relationship with the one true God.

You will be crowned with glory and honour by God. He comes to you to crown you. He comes to you to remind you who you are. Welcome him and receive your crown. Run to him and receive the honour of being God’s son, just a little lower than God.

You are amazing, you are like him, and that is why he is always seeking you out to love you and spend time building up a relationship with you. Remember that.

Amen 아멘

You are amazing, you are like him, and that is why he is always seeking you out to love you and spend time building up a relationship with you. Remember that.

Amen 아멘

About Pastor Simon

Pastor at Jinju International Christian Fellowship. Formerly of Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK. I am Simon Warner of Jinju Church. We speak English at Jinju Church, South Korea.
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