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Grace Bible Church - Gatesville, Tx
Grace Bible Church - Gatesville, Tx

Episode 108 · 3 months ago

How Majestic is Your Name

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How Majestic is Your Name

Psalm 8

Ed Wolff - Preaching

Keep your bibles open to Psalm Chapter Eight, if you will. I can't remember anything that happened before two weeks ago. I don't know who I am, I don't know where I'm going, none of it. That is a line that was spoken by Matt Damon in the two thousand and two action thriller the born identity. Damon plays a CIA black ops assassin by the name of Jason Bourne who wakes up on a boat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea with Amnesia. He has no idea who he was, who he is or how he got there. What's interesting is is the fictional character of Jason Bourne is actually loosely inspired by an actual historical person, a man by the name of Anzel born. Anzel borne lived a very different life to hear a fictional namesake. He was not a black ops assassin for the CIA. He was a carpenter, a farmer and, at one point, a pastor. On march four seven, ansel borne woke up in a bed that was not his own, in a room that he did not recognize, in a town that he had never been to before, with no idea how he got there. Not only did he not know how he got there, he could not remember the last six weeks or so of his life. He thought it was still January. Upon going outside and talking to the landlord of the building, he discovered that he was in Norristown, Pennsylvania, roughly three hundred miles from his home town of Covetry, Rhode Island. It also made him very confused because the landlord continued to call him not ansel borne, but to call him a J Brown. The last thing he could remember was going into Providence, Rhode Island, to his bank to take out some money. The next thing he knew he was waking up in that bed. Come to find out, ansel wasn't kidnapped or anything. He of his own volition, left the bank, made the journey to to northtown Pennsylvania, rented a room, opened up a business selling stationary in candy, made friends, started going to church, was very punctual, very liked. He, from the outside, seemed to live a very normal life as a j brown, until he woke up on March fourteenth remembering exactly who he was, who he really was, that he was ansel born. A psychologist believed that ansel had a condition called this associative fugue this is extremely rare form of Amnesia where the person completely forgets their identity, completely forgets who they are. They actually travel from where they are supposed to be and then they create for themselves a new identity for a time. Now there's some speculation and you may not buy that, but it is an interesting metaphor for the condition of humanity. If you're here this morning, if you're sitting in here this morning, if you're listening on the live stream, if you are a human being, you have an identity. You have an identity that was given to you by your Creator. But because of the fall, because of our rebellion, because of our sin, we have forgotten that identity. We have moved away from the place that we are supposed to be and we have created for ourselves a new identity, a different identity, the who...

...we actually really are. If you were to go out on the streets and ask people what is one of the most important questions you could ask yourself in life, one of those questions is going to be the very question Jason Bourne was trying to answer. Who Am I? They're not asking what's my name or what's my address? They're saying what is my identity. Who Am I really? That's why you hear of people going and finding themselves and trying to discover who they are. The biggest problem with that is this. When we do that, most of the time that is an internal journey to find out who we are instead of an external journey to find out who we are. We go internally and we begin to find our identity and things like family, children, work, money, how ABBYS, sexuality, politics, things that we enjoy doing, a variety of things that we find on the inside to make our identity, and then when what we ought to be doing is looking on the outside of ourselves for that identity, the identity we've been given by our God. And I fear that this is not just a problem with outside of the church, but it can be a problem within the church. I'm gonna give you a spoiler to the end of the sermon. Okay, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, your identity is found in Jesus. Okay, he is the one who has loved you, he is the one who has sought you, he is the one who has come to you, he is the one who has drawn you, he is the one who has regenerated you. He is the one that has given you faith. He is the one that has justified you. He is the one that has sanctified you. He is the one that is going to glorify you. He is the one that has rescued you, he is the one who has saved you. Christian is not simply one of a myriad of things that you are. It is the pinnacle of who you are. That is the main identity that you have, is Jesus Christ. But tomorrow morning, if you're like me, I have the possibility of waking up like ansel borne in the middle of February, forgetting who I am, who I really am, and trying to find my identity in something else. Who Are you? Who Am I? What is man? That is the question that we're going to answer this morning and again, we are not going to answer this by looking into our own hearts. We're going to do this by looking into the heart of God in Psalm Chapter Eight. So, if you have your bibles, I encourage you to turn back open to some chapter eight Psalm. Chapter Eight is a psalm of praise. We have been going through this occasional series the psalms we are singing we began learning a couple of weeks ago a new song based on Psalm Eight, and it is a psalm of praise. But what's interesting is this is the very first psalm of praise in the PSALTER. You would think that the first psalm of praise in a book that the Hebrews called praises would be psalm number one, but it's not. It's actually psalm number eight. Now, don't misunderstand the psalms are not like a random shuffle deck of cards. It's just thrown together. There's a purpose for the way that it is structured. Psalms one and two are a foundation for the entire PSALTER to introduces the man who finds pleasure and joy in the word of the Lord and the Law of the Lord. And then we see the ultimate man who enjoys and finds treasure and is steadfast in the in the word of the Lord in Psalm Chapter Two,...

...as God reveals his king, his son, his anointed one that he will send to rule the nations. And then Psalm three, we have the first psalm of David, the Great King of Israel, and we recognize that David is not that king, for David is reaping the world wind of his own failures, as he, for the first five psalms, cries out to God in lament, cries for his help. And yet in Psalm Eight, seemingly in the midst of his lament, he lifts up a Psalm of praise to the Lord. And this morning, as we look at Psalm Chapter Eight, I'm hoping to see four things by the grace of God this morning. Number One, I hope to see to show you the greatness of God, the greatness of God. Number two, we will see the meekness of man, the meek and is man. Third, we will see the doxology of design, the doxology of design and last the image of identity, the greatness of God, the meekness of man, the doxology of design and the image of identity. So let's begin with the greatness of God. Look how Psalm eight begins. Oh Lord Our Lord, how majestic is your name and all the earth. Look how Psalm eight ends, oh Lord Our Lord, how majestic is your name and all the earth. Do you know what the main point of Psalm Eight is? Oh Lord Our Lord, how majestic is your name and all the earth? That is the main thrust, that is the main point of this psalm, that the name of the Lord is majestic in all the earth. This is a literary device that David is using called an Eclusio, where he's putting the main point at the beginning, he's putting the main point at the end, he is book ending everything else so that whatever is in between those two statements is supporting and pointing to the main point, the main point being oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth? Look at who he addresses. Oh Lord. Notice in your Bible is that that Lord is in all capital letters letters. This is not just Lord as an an earthly master. This is not Lord as in some deity that someone has come up with. This is not God in the sense of just God in general. This is the Covenant Name of God of the Israelites. This is Yahweh. This is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob. This is the God who revealed himself to Moses at the burning Bush and said I am who I am, I am the great I am. That is the God that he is referring to. He is referring to Yahweh, and he says, oh Lord. And then look at the position that David takes where this God is concerned. Oh Lord, our Lord, that Lord there is in smaller letters, and what that refers is this is a derivative of the word Adonai, which simply means master, sovereign king. What David is saying here, the Great King of Israel, is saying, Oh, Yahweh, our master, I am a servant of Yahweh. You are my master, you are my sovereign, you are my king. And then he goes to say something specific about this Lord. He says that his name, which is referring back to the name of Yahweh, is majestic and all the earth. The word majestic here means mighty, magnificent, powerful. It ultimately means superior, high and lifted...

...up. What what he is saying here is this, out of all of the things that can be named on the Earth, your name is superior to those names. What is the greatest name in the Animal Kingdom? Lion, Yahwah is greater than the lion. What is the greatest name? Maybe in the history of Israel? At this point, David, your name is greater than David, we only know a few of the Angel's names. Michael, the Archangel, Gabriel. Your name is greater than that. What he's saying is, if something can be named, anything that can be named, the name of Yahwah is far and above superior to all of those names. He has the name that is above every name, when you take into account that the name of someone back then didn't simply mean an identify her, but it also meant the totality of who that person was. What he is saying here is there is no one more loving than Yahweh. There is no one more righteous than Yahweh. There is no one more wise than Yahweh. There is no one more forgiving than Yahweh. There is no one more just than Yahweh. There is no one like our God. What he's ultimately saying is, Yahweh, you are the supreme of all the universe. You are the Omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibelevenant. You are God lifted high. There is none like you. That's what he's saying. What has caused David to burst forth twice in this type of worship we see at the end of verse. One look at what he says. You have set your glory. That Word Glory is attached to the word majestic. It can also mean majestic, splendorous, beautiful grandeurus grandeur. You have set your glory above the heavens. The Word Heavens, can you you mean three different things in scripture. It can mean the atmosphere, clouds where the birds fly. I can mean the abode of God. But specifically, if we look at verse three, he's talking about a different kind of heaven. Look at what he says. When I look at Your Heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars. But you have said in place he is speaking about the cosmos, where the stars are, where the moon is, the universe. Here's the idea. Here. I think David is doing what David has done many times. He was a shepherd out in the field at night. He probably did this when he was hiding in case. He's done this when he was in his palace. He goes outside and he looks up at the night sky. He sees the stars, he sees the Moon, he sees the Milky Way, he sees the constellations, he sees all of this and he says oh Lord, look at what you have created. This is the work of your fingers. You are the one who has created all of these things. When he says it's the work of his fingers, it's a very interesting he didn't say it's the work of his hands, he says it's the work of his fingers. There's a couple of things that David may mean here. One is that if you are working on something with your fingers, there's an intricacy to it, there's a complexity to it, there's a touch to it, a delicacy to it. He's saying, look at all of the things in the in the sky, look at the intricacies, look at the complexities of this, look at the artistry of God in His Creation. You have made this with your fingers. This is so complex that there is no way that this could have come about by sheer accident. Someone had to not only put their hands to create it, but to put their fingers to it. Romans, Chapter One tells us for this invisible for his invisible attributes, namely his eternal...

...power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived ever since the creation of the world and the things that have been made, in other words, he looks up at the heavens and he says, you have created this. What I am seeing is I am seeing not simply moons and stars and Constellations, I am seeing the finger prints of God. And Oh God, if, if, if, you've created this with your fingers. If is, if this is majestic like this, if this is great like this and you've only created it with your fingers, how much more majestic, how much bigger, how much more awesome, how much more glorious? God, are you the one who has created those things? This is what's caused him to see the greatness and the grandeur of God. Tim Keller says at one time he was the Bible Study and the Bible teacher said, if the distance between the earth and the Sun, which is ninety three million miles, was no more than the thickness of a sheet of paper and the distance between from the Earth to the nearest star would be a stack of paper seventy feet high, the diameter of the Milky Way galaxy would be a stack of papers over three hundred miles high. Keep in mind that they're more galaxies in the universe than we can number. There are more, it seems, than dust specs in the air or grains of sand on the seashores. Now, if this God has created all of this with his fingers, if Jesus Christ, like Hebrew one tells us, upholds all of this together with just a word of his power, this is not the kind of person you ask into your life to be your assistant. This is the person you ask into your life to be your master, to be your sovereign, to be your king, to be your God. He sees, as he looks up, the greatness of God, and as he sees the greatness of God, he also sees the meekness of man. He sees his own smallness. Have you ever done that? Have you ever looked up at the stars or camping or while out somewhere, looked up at the sky and felt small, felt tiny, felt insignificance? Let's think about it a manute. The Earth itself has a circumference of twenty five thousand miles, and yet you can fit one point three million earths into our son. Our Son is just one of about a hundred thousand million stars in the Milky Way Galaxy that we belong to. They're over thirty galaxies. Along with the Milky Way, they are put together into a local galaxy cluster called the local group. There are over a hundred galaxy grooves in a supercluster called the Virgo supercluster that we're a part of, and it is estimated that there may be ten million superclusters in the entire universe. I mean one light year is about six trillion miles and some believe that the universe could be ninety three billion light years across. I think we can say with with Douglas Adams and his comedy science fiction book the Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy, space is big, really big, and it is no wonder when not only looking up at the stars, but especially today, when we have telescopes and satellites and all of the things that are sending back images, that many times we can feel like a SPEC on a small, insignificant planet orbiting an unregarded Yellow Sun. We can feel small. I mean, just think about think about this. Just let's just think about the earth for a moment. Many of us, probably during this summer, have taken our families to see something like mountains or tourists or...

...gone to lakes and rivers and beaches and we've watched sunrises and all of these kind of things right, regardless of how old you believe the earth is, whether you believe it's millions of years older, whether if you believe it's a few thousand years old, here's the fact. When you are standing on the precipice of the Grand Canyon, you are looking at something that was here long before you were here and unless the Lord returns soon, it will be here long after you are gone. James tells us that humanity is but a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. And the grand scheme of the of the of the time of the universe, of the timetable of the universe, we are but a microcosm. Some one forty four says man is like a breath, his days are like a passing shadow. Do you want to know what you're like? Do you want to know what I am like? You want to know? You what humanity is like? Here you go. We are breath, we're here for a moment and we're gone quickly. We we are fragile, and it's no wonder that so many today feel so insignificant. And the question that David Asks here of a person who believes that God created everything. He says, God, if you've created all of this with your fingers, if we are just a small speck in the universe, why would you be mindful of us? Why would we even cross your mind? Why would you care for us? The word care here means to visit. It's the idea of God not only crossing the mind of God, but God turning to us, visiting US, coming to us, paying attention to us, helping us. Why would you do that if you are so big and we are so meek and weak and fragile? Yet, in the midst of all of this, he remembers something. Look at the next word in verse five. Yet, in other words, in spite of all of this, in spite of all of that truth, I remember something. I remember the way that you have designed human beings. And this is where we get into the ducks ology of design. Look at what he says in Verse Five. Yet you, God, have made him man a little lower than the heavenly beings. This word heavenly beings here is the is the word eloheim. It's actually the same word used in Genesis, Chapter One, Verse Twenty Six, when it says then God Eloheim said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness. ELOHEIM can be used for really three different ways. It can be translated God as in Yakway. He can also be translated as the Pantheon of God's that don't exist, or it could be translated as angels. A translation of this could be and it's argued that some, some believe this should be translated. Yet you have made him a little lower than God. Here's what I think David is trying to communicate. Out of all of the things that God has created on Earth, the thing that is closest to God his humanity. We are not God, we are the creation and he has the creator. But the closest thing to God, the thing that is the most lifted up on in creation, is human beings. I think he goes on to kind of describe and and and and understand what this means. As he continues on, he says and crowned him with glory and honor.

The glory is it? We've already seen glory. We see it back in verse one. In verse one it's not talking about glory of Man, it's talking about the glory of God. Is Tied To Majesty. Is Time to tied to name lifted up of the Lord. I think what he is saying is man is weak, man is dust, but we're just balls of dirt. But God has made us significant. We have not made us significant, but God has, because God has crowned him placed upon Him glory and honor. In other words, I think David's eyes and mind are thinking of Genesis Chapter One, that God has made human beings in his image. The only creation, the only thing in creation that is made in the image and likeness of God, are human beings. I don't know if you do this in your growth groups, or maybe you do it in your personal study. Maybe occasionally you'll go to youtube and pull up a worship song and I'll have these lyric videos where there'll be the words on the screen and there's always something behind them. Usually the video that's behind these these majestic songs where we sing about God are the very same things that maybe we visited this summer. Mountains and valleys and canyons and sunrises and glaciers and oceans and beaches and all of these different things, right, all of these different things of nature. Now, why are they there? I think that we understand why they're there because many of the Times. The reason we go to those places is because we see this creation, we see the fingerprints of God, and it causes us to worship. It causes us to to to to worship God. It causes us to say, Oh Lord, oh Lord, how majestic is your name and all the earth, when we're standing at the Grand Canyon or where, at the foot of the rocky mountains, or where the side of the Gulf of Mexico, or wherever it may be, these things cause us and point us to God. But the mountains weren't made in the image of God, the valleys were not made in the image of God, the rivers were not made in the image of God, the glaciers were not made in the image of God. The only thing that is made in the image of God is humanity, which means that means that right now, this morning, looking out into this congregation, what I see? I see more of the finger prints of God right here than I do if I'm at the rocky mountains, because you are the only thing made in the image of God. You are the pinnacle of creation. God Has Crowned You with glory and honor and the relationships that we have and seeing you. That ought to more than a mountain lift Mike Gays to God and say, Oh Lord, oh Lord, how majestic is your name? Look at what you've created. That's what should happen. But what does it even mean to be made in the image of God? Listen, I don't know where you are right now in your life. Those watching on the live stream as well, you may feel insignificant, but I promise you, what this text is reminding us is that everyone in here, everyone listening, everyone watching, everyone is significant, not because of what you have done, but because of what God has done, because of the identity that he has given you. You are made in the image of God. You have worth, you have significance, whether you are an unborn child or whether you are dying in a nursing home, whether you are tired in a...

...home that you have paid for or whether you're hungry and living under a bridge, whether you are protecting our country or are or our cities and within the police, in the military, or whether you're on death row, whether it is someone in your family that you love or somebody down the street that you despise, whether you are living for God or whether you're living for things that that God despises. No matter your race, no matter your politics, no matter you're socioecademic, it male, female, it doesn't matter. Everyone is worth, has worth because of God, because you're made in the image, the likeness of God, and that's what we must remember as we love one another, as we minister, as we share the Gospel, we are always bumping into the Imago Day, every day, and that should lift our eyes and worship to our God. But that image has been marred. Adam has failed, we have failed. We need help. Just think about what it means to be made in the image of God. There are so many things that it means to be made in the image of God, but I just want to focus on one particular one this morning, and that is what it seems like this text, and even genesis one, seems to be connecting that too. Notice what it says in verse six. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands. You have put all things under his feet. In Genesis chapter one there is a creation mandate. Genesis be fruitful and multiply filled the earth and subdue it. Have Dominion over the fish of the sea, over the births of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth. This is what David is recounting here in versus uh six, through hate, this creation mandate to have dominion over the Earth. That's at least part of what it means to be made in the image of God. One commentator I read talked about how kings sometimes in their kingdoms, when the kingdom would get so large and they couldn't be everywhere at one time, one of the things that they would do is that they would build statues of themselves all over the kingdom, images of themselves, and one of the things that they that that was supposed to accomplish is it was supposed to remind the people in that part of the world who the king was, who the sovereign was. There's a sense in which we are the image of God like that. We have been put on this earth. We God is everywhere at once, yes, but we can't see him. People can see us, and we are called to to have dominion on this earth, to rule this earth as God graciously rules us, to rule this land in the same way that God would want it ruled, to subdue it as God would want it subdued, to have dominion as God would want so that in that we would at all times, at all points of our life and everything that we do, in all of that submission to the ground, to us, that we would be always pointing everyone to who the king and the sovereign really is. It's not us, it's the Lord's and and why? Why would he do this? Why would he pick us to do that? Why would he pick us to crown with his image? We haven't had a good track record of this. Why us? We are so fragile, we're so meek. We we...

...are here for an instant. Why us? I think verse two helps. You thought I'd skipped verse two, didn't you? Verse Two is an odd verse, isn't it? It's one of those that you read and you go home. I don't know, I just go on to verse three. It makes more sense. I think verse two gives us an idea of why God would do it this way. Look at what it says out of the mouth of babies and infants. You have established strength because of your foes to steal the enemy and the Avenger. What what God seems to be saying here is I am going to stop my enemies, I am going to stop my foes I am going to stop those that oppose me by the strength I will put in the mouth of babies. Of exactly what? The word babies here can mean anything from an infant to a toddler. The word infants here means a suckling someone who is still getting milk from their mom. How does that work? I think what God is trying to communicate here is simply this. In the same way that in the grand scheme of the universe, we are sneak and small, God is going to work his greatness through our meekness. The same way here, in verse two, there is nothing more meek. There's nothing more fragile in humanity than a baby, the toddler. You can't leave a baby on their own. They'll die. They need help. There's nothing more weak than that. And yet God is saying, I will bringing my victory, I will show my greatness through weak vessels, through meek vessels, through weakness. Why would he do that? If the foes of God come and and what a baby says squashes them, it's not the baby that did it, it was God. It was God who did it, not the baby. In other words, God has designed us to show forth his greatness in our meekness and in our weakness, so that the doctology that would come out of that is, Oh, Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth, that he would get the glory, not us, so that all of the universe would recognize that the name of the Lord is the one that has exalted, not the name of me. That's the idea here. And yet there's something here that that is strange. There's something here that seems off. If you will look at verse six, You have given him dominion over the works of your hands. You have put all things under his feet. There are certainly ways that we look around in our world today, where we as human beings, have used our creation mandate in ways that are good and beneficial, so many ways that we could name off,...

...but I don't think we yet see everything put under our feet. We don't have submission of everything, not all things. We can build cities beside rivers for the betterment of humanity, but those rivers can still flood and destroy the town. We can use technology to grow more food on smaller acreage, but if it doesn't rain, it crops still don't grow. We can have all of these wonderful medical uh advancements that save lives over and over again, and yet there are still diseases that pop up and there are still diseases that we've been fighting for decades that are still taking lives. You can domesticate the dog, it still might bite the neighbor. Yes, there are many ways that we are using our creation mandate well, but we are not yet at a point where everything is under our feet, especially when you consider that many times we, like our father Adam, tend to use that creation mandate to subdue and have dominion over the world in ways that glorify us and not God, like Adam did. That's what Adam did, and the image of God was marred in that moment. The image of God is marred in us. It shines through. Yes, we still have worth, we still have value because of the image of God in us, but we are not who we are supposed to be. We have forgotten who we are. That image has been destroyed. So how is this? When is this? Who is going to put all things under our feet? How's this is gonna Happen? Remember the King of Psalm Chapter Two, the king that God will establish, the king that will rule the world, the king that is called God's son, the king that will have the nations as his heritage, the one who the ends of the earth will be his possession, the one who will rule over all things. That is what the Jews would call the Messiah. Psalm eight is to be fulfilled it by the Siah, and this is where we see the last point, the image of our identity. A few weeks ago, DAX took us to the triumphal entry where Jesus comes in and they lay palm branches on the road as he walks, as he rides through on a donkey, and they begin saying things like Hosanna to the to the son of David. A little bit later, Jesus is in the temple, he's healing the blind, he's healing the lame, and as he's doing this and teaching the there's some children playing. Those children say the same thing that their parents were saying when he came into Jerusalem. They continued to shout Hosanna to the son of David. Here's probably a good translation of that for the first century Jew. Save US Messiah, save US Messiah. That's the idea describes, and the chief priests hear this and they go to Jesus and they say, do you hear what they're saying, as if to say don't you need to shut them up? Here's what Jesus responds. Yes, yes, have you never read? And he quotes Psalm Eight, verse two, out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies, you have repaired praise. Hear what he's saying...

...there. I have come to fulfill Psalm Eight. The the the praises that they are saying are the strength that I have put into the mouth of those babies and infants, if you will, the proclamation save us, save us, Messiah. That's the strength that I am going to use, in that meekness to destroy my enemies. I will defeat them, I will steal them, I will silence them. By that confession, in other words, he's saying I am the son of David, I am the Messiah and I have come to say, but I have come to save. I have come to show God's grandness and his greatness, not by coming in with a Sol cord and a war horse. I have come to show God's greatness by riding in on a donkey, not killing my enemies, but allowing my enemies to kill me through that weakness. There is nothing weaker looking, not a crucified Messiah. But it is actually through that weakness, through that meanness, that God will show his ultimate greatness and power. The song that we've been learning in Psalm Eight, have you wondered why the bridge of that Song seems to refer to Philippians Chapter Two? Does that seem off? Listen to Philippians Chapter Two? Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours, in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God you, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasp or hold on, held onto, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of man, being made lower than the heavenly beings, to be made in the image of God and being found in that human form. He humbled himself to become obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. God has given us an identity. We are made in his image, but we have lost that image, we have forgotten that image. That image is marred in us. Jesus has come. He has been made like us, he has been made in the image of God, it like man, and he has lived his life fulfilling that image. I have not, you have, not all of us have sinned before our holy God, but Jesus never did. He was the perfect image of God and he went to the Cross and on dying on the Cross, he took upon himself the ways that we have not been the image of God, the ways that we have sinned, and he has died in our place and he has taken away those sins if we trust in him. And then look at what it says. Therefore, verse nine in Philippians Chapter Two, God has highly Exalted Him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name. Here's how we usually interpret that text. Sometimes something like this. Well, Jesus rose from the dead, Jesus, his name is Jesus, and so God has made the name Jesus more highly exalted than any other name. And and there's some truth to that, but I don't think that's what this text is actually seeing. Here's what this text is actually saying. Is already a name that is above all...

...other names. There is already a name that is majestic, there is already a name that is glorious. That name is Yahweh and when Jesus Christ walked out of the Tomb, defeating sin and death and hell and the devil, being the perfect image of God, obeying completely. When he walked out of that tomb, he was shown to be that which he was. He was shown to be the name above all names. He was shown to be God, he was shown to be Yahweh. That's what I think that takes to say, and the only the only response to Jesus actually being God is too balcony, to confess with your tongue that Jesus Christ is Lord, that he is master. That's it. That's the only response to knowing and believing that Jesus Christ is God. I'm not sure where you are this morning. I don't know where you're at it. I will say this. If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ this morning, I implore you, I implore you to to forsake the identities that you are trying to find within yourself. That's not who you really are. You are you are created by God, you have his image, and Jesus Christ has come so that, by faith in him, you might be restored to the image of God, that you might find your true identity. You will never find your true identity. Until you find your identity in Jesus, I implore you, run to him. Bow The knee before Yahweh God, bow the knee before Jesus Christ and confess Jesus, you are Lord, Oh Lord, oh Lord, how majestic is your name? I give my life to you, and find your identity in Christ. If you're here this morning and you are a believer, you know where your identity lies. Tomorrow, when you wake up, don't forget. We, like everyone else, are tempted to find our identity in something much less than God. It is so easy. Far be it from me to sound like Mufassa, but when you wake up in the morning, remember who you are. You were a child of the king, you are an image bearer of God, you are a Christian, you are a little Christ, you are saved and being sanctified by the king of kings. Remember who you are, remember your identity and, when you get out of bed, live your life by the power of the spirit in that identity. There's coming a day when Jesus Christ will return and he will put everything in subjection under his feet, and in that moment he will truly finally fulfill this text completely. Putting everything under our feet. We will be crowned, we will rule and reign with him, but we have a life to live from now until he gets here. That's coming, where all things will be in subjection under our feet, in the new heavens and new earth that's coming. Today we don't quite see it, Hebrews. Hebrew says at present we do not yet see everything in subjection to him, but we see him who, for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, Crowned With Glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that, by the race of...

God, he might taste death for everyone. Jesus Christ has tasted death. For you. Remember that. Wake up in the morning and Focus Your Eyes on Christ and live your life for his glory in everything that you do, proclaiming oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth? Let's pray it's Glorious and Gracious. God, you are majestic. You are majestic in ways that we can't even understand. We might need even quite know what that means. Lord, I pray that you would give us a glimpse of Your Majesty this morning. I pray that if, if there's someone here that does not know you, that they would see your majesty in such a way that it would, it would bow them to their knees, that they would see you as the risen and resurrected one and that through that, they would come to know you. This morning, they would bow the knee to you, that they would have faith in you. I pray that for all of those that know Christ this morning, that we would be recalibrated and redirected, that you would remind us of our identity, that our identity is found in Christ and Christ alone, and let us live that identity and everything that we do. Let us live our lives for the glory and The Majesty of God, not lifting ourselves up, but lifting you up in all that we do. Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name? And all the earth, let your name be majestic in our lives. This morning we asked this and the Glorious and precious name of Christ. Amen.

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