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

You have set your glory above the heavens.
from the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and avenger.

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herbs and the beasts of the fieldl
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

O Lord our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Psalm 8

David brings out an amazing point in this psalm.  The Lord is majestic and yet he cares for us and has set man as his objects of affection.  I have been blown away by the universe, as Louie Giglio lays out the awesomeness of space for us in both size and sounds.  The earth is but a tiny part of this world system and we are miniscule, yet like David says the Lord is mindful  of us and cares for us.  He gave his son to die for us and pay the price for our sins.

As we enter the advent season leading up to Christmas, the focus for the first week is hope.  Our hope is in heaven as believers and we have that hope because Jesus’ death on the cross provided that for us.  And it all began when he came to this earth as a baby.

As I have been reading through Genesis with the help of commentaries, I have been struck by how many things even from the pre-flood world that point to Christ and his coming to earth.  All the events and people are part of an over-arching plan and story that are pointing and leading up to Jesus and finally to His second coming.  It is amazing to see it all unfold and to see the insight the great men of old were given even though they did not have the Bible in its entirety.

But, what an amazing thought!  This world was made all for us, really.  And heaven has been made for us, too and made available through Jesus.  Christmas is so much more than a baby and a beautiful isolated story.  Christmas is God’s gift of eternal life set in motion– a gift that would teach us more about God and how to live, offer freedom from the rules and regulations of the Jewish religion and give us everlasting eternal life in heaven.

God’s elaborate plan of salvation, beginning in Genesis and continuing in the birth, life and death of Jesus is our hope.  And the proof can be found in the works of God’s hand- in nature, man, and animals, for all creation really does sing God’s praise.

After all He has created and done for us and because we know more of the story than David today, we can truly say this Christmas:

Oh Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!!

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