The Glory & Government Bound In Image & Likeness

Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament poetic book of the Psalms which is a compilation of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, as well as prayers, petitions and praises of the psalmists. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters eight through fifteen of this Old Testament poetic book. When you come to this particular portion of Scripture you will come to one of the most well-known and beloved passages in all of Scripture. The words which you find in the eighth chapter of the Old Testament book of Psalms are not only quoted by the author of the epistle which was written unto the Hebrews, but it also runs parallel and side by side with the words which the psalmist David wrote in the one-hundred and thirty-ninth chapter of this Old Testament book. What’s more, is that I would dare say that when you read the words which are written and found within the eighth chapter of the Old Testament book of Psalms, you must turn and direct your attention back to the first and second chapters of the Old Testament book of Genesis—back to when and where it all began with the formation of Adam from the dust of the ground, and the LORD breathing into the nostrils of man the breath of life which caused him to become a living soul. What’s more, is that I would even dare say that you must turn and direct your attention to the words which were written and recorded within the same Old Testament book concerning the narrative of Noah when he, his wife, their three sons, and their wives stepped out of the ark and on to dry ground after spending so much time within the ark as it floated above the flood waters which destroyed the earth. Moreover, I would even dare say it is necessary to even consider the words which are written and found in the first and opening chapter of the Old Testament prophetic book of Jeremiah, for there is tremendous language contained therein which is directly linked to the words which we find written in this chapter. I am absolutely and completely convinced that if we are to truly understand the words which are found within the Old Testament book of the Psalms we must know and understood our worth and our value in the sight of the living God. There is not a doubt in my mind that when we enter into prayer, or when we seek to praise and worship the living God, or even when we fellowship with others, we must not only know and understand our own worth and value, but we must also understand their worth and their value, for we have both—truthfully, I must emphatically declare that we all have been created in the image and likeness of the living God. Consider if you will the words which are written and recorded in these particular passages of Scripture beginning in the beginning with where it all began in the book of Genesis:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:26-31).

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads” (Genesis 2:7-10).

“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:15-17).

“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all the moveth upon the earth, and upon the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I behold, I establish m y covenant with you, and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with Thou; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth” (Genesis 9:1-17).

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3).

“Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, LORD God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (Jeremiah 1:4-10).

“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my though afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? OR whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in thy mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: When I awake, I am still with thee” (Psalm 139:1-18).

“For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:5-18).

In light of everything that is written and recorded within each of these passages of Scripture I am absolutely convinced that at the very heart and soul of the Old Testament book of Psalms is the eighth and one-hundred and thirty-ninth chapters of this sacred book. At the very center of these passages is not only the tremendous care the living and eternal God placed in forming and fashioning us while we were yet in our mother’s womb, but also of the LORD’s great thoughts and affection toward us. Perhaps two of the greatest truths we must recognize when considering prayer and praise before and unto the living God are the thoughts which the LORD has for and toward us, and the LORD’s care in forming and creating us in His image and in His likeness. In the Old Testament book of Genesis we find and discover that when it comes to the first man Adam, he was formed from the dust of the ground into a shell, and would remain as such until the LORD would breathe into his nostrils the breath of life. Adam would be formed from the dust of the ground, and it wouldn’t be until the living and eternal God would breathe into his nostrils that he would become a living soul. When it comes to Eve, we find that the LORD placed Adam in a deep sleep, took one of his ribs from within him, and formed and fashioned a second individual—this time, the one whom the LORD formed was not formed of the dust of the ground, from from that which is living. When Eve was formed, she was taken from Adam, and formed into a companion that was suitable unto him to be his helpmate. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand this reality, for Adam was the only one who was ever formed from the dust of the ground, and Adam and Eve were the only ones who weren’t formed within the womb of a woman. Adam was formed of the dust of the ground, Eve was formed from Adam, and each and every living soul that would live, move and have their being within and upon the earth would be formed within the womb of a woman—within the womb of their mother. Notice if you will the words which the LORD spoke and declared unto Jeremiah in the first and opening chapter of the Old Testament prophetic book of Jeremiah, for within this chapter we find and read the LORD forming Jeremiah in the belly of his mother. What’s more, is that within this passage of Scripture you will find that before the LORD formed Jeremiah in the belly He knew him, and before he came forth out of the womb, he not only sanctified him, but also ordained him to be a prophet unto the nations.

When you come to the one-hundred and thirty-ninth chapter of the Old Testament poetic book of the Psalms you will find David once more speaking unto the LORD—this time, however, he did not ask what is man that the LORD is mindful of him, but this time he declared that the LORD possessed his reigns, and how the LORD covered him in his mother’s womb. Furthermore, David would go on to declare that He was fearfully and wonderfully made by and in the sight of the living God. It would be this knowledge that was too great for David, for not only would he find himself encountering the tremendous reality of man being created a little lower than the angels, and yet the LORD is mindful of them, but David would also find himself being absolutely and completely captivated with the fact that the LORD was intimately and intricately involved in his creation and formation within the womb of his mother. One of the most remarkable and astounding realities is when you think about the fact that David recognized and understood his worth and his value in the sight of the LORD, and yet even in the midst of that knowledge, he found himself absolutely and completely humbled by how intimately involved the LORD was within his life. From the time he was formed in his mother’s womb the LORD knew him, the LORD knew him by name, and the LORD was very much involved in the process of forming and fashioning him until that moment when he would come forth out of that womb. It’s actually quite interesting to think about the fact that the LORD was intimately involved in forming and fashioning us within the womb of our mother, and once we come forth from that womb the process of growth begins to take place. Within the womb there is a process of growth that takes place, and that growth is fostered by the direct involvement of the LORD in forming and fashioning us. When we come forth from the womb and enter into this world, we begin to undergo the natural process of growing as we grow from an infant into a child, from a child into an adolescent, from an adolescent into a teenager, from a teenager into a young adult, and from a young adult into an adult. The LORD is deeply and intimately involved in the process of our being formed and fashioned within the womb of our mother, and what’s more, is that even before we were formed within the womb of our mother, and even before we came forth from the womb, the LORD knew us by name. We dare not, we cannot, and must not miss and lose sight of this absolutely remarkable and tremendous reality, for to do so is to miss the majesty and wonder of the LORD’s intimate involvement in our formation within the womb of our mother, and our coming forth from that womb into the earth.

As I sit here this morning and think about the words which are written and recorded in the eighth chapter of the Old Testament book of the Psalms I can’t help but encounter and come face to face with something absolutely remarkable and astounding. I find it absolutely amazing that David would begin this particular psalm by praising and extolling the LORD his God before he would transition to something that was much more personal in nature to his own life. David would begin this psalm by emphatically declaring “O LORD our LORD, how excellent is thy name in all the earth” and then he would go on to write how the LORD set His glory above the heavens. The eighth chapter of the Old Testament book of Psalms begins with a declaration and statement of praise from the lips of David—not only concerning the excellence of the name of the LORD his God, but also a stamens of His glory. I can’t help but be absolutely gripped and astounded with this reality as David undoubtedly had a truly wonderful and powerful revelation of the name of the LORD, as well as the glory of the LORD. Perhaps one of the realities we must realize when reading the Old Testament poetic book of the Psalms is when you think about and consider—not only the tremendous declarations made by the psalmists within them, but also the tremendous revelations the psalmists themselves experienced within their lives. While it is true the psalms is a collection of prayers, petitions, cries, groans, and the sorrow of the heart and the affliction of the soul, it is also a book that contains a number of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Much of the songs we find within this Old Testament book of would have been the songs the saints of old would have sang, and would have been the hymnal of the New Testament. THE HYMNAL OF THE NEW TESTAMENT! The Old Testament book of the Psalms is indeed the personal journal and diary of the psalmists as they navigated through the struggles and conflicts of this life, however, we must recognize that not every psalm contained within this book is indeed a prayer and petition within the heart and from the soul of the psalmist. There are a great number of psalms which not only express a personal revelation from the LORD, but also powerful statements and declarations concerning the LORD. The eighth chapter of the Old Testament book of the Psalms is a perfect example of one such psalm where David would be captured and captivated by the LORD his God—and not only the LORD his God, but the name of the LORD, and the glory of the LORD. The eighth chapter of the book of Psalms begins with an emphatic declaration concerning the LORD, and how His name was truly and indeed excellent, and how His glory is indeed set above the heavens.

We dare not miss and lose sight of that which is found and contained within the eighth chapter of the book of the Psalms, for within it—not only do we find a personal revelation concerning the name and glory of the living God, but we also find a powerful revelation that came within that which He had created. In the first and opening verse of this chapter we find David declaring and speaking forth the excellency of the name of the LORD, and praising the glory of the LORD which He had set above the heavens. There seems to be a break and pause between the first and third verse, for when you come to the second verse you will find David declaring how out of the mouth of babes and ducklings the LORD ordained strength because of his enemies in order that he might still the enemy and the avenger. Stop for a moment and consider this, for directly on the heels of a statement and declaration concerning the name and glory of the LORD, David goes on to speak to the fact that the LORD had ordained strength—and not only ordained strength, but ordained strength out of the mouth of babes because of His enemies. The LORD ordained strength out of the mouth of babes because of His enemies in order that He might still the enemy and the avenger. The words which we find written and contained within this passage is truly remarkable and astonishing when you take the time to think about it, for not only did the LORD ordain strength, but the LORD ordained strength to proceed out of the mouths of babes because of His enemies in order that He might still the enemy and the avenger. There is victory and triumph over the enemy and the avenger, and that victory and triumph comes directly from the lips and directly from the mouths of babes and ducklings—those who would be considered weak, those who would be considered feeble, those who would be considered powerless in this earth. Oh, I can’t help but be reminded—not only of the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the first chapter of the New Testament epistle which was written unto the Corinthian saints, but also the words which are found in the fortieth chapter of the prophetic book of Isaiah. Within these two passages you will not only find the LORD ordaining strength for those who would be considered weak, feeble and powerless, but you will also find the LORD ordaining strength in order that he might confound and confuse that which is considered mighty within the earth. Consider if you will the following two passages found in both the Old and New Testaments of the Scripture:

“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power the to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 4:28-31).

“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that many not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the LORD” (1 Corinthians 1:17-31).

In the opening verse of the eighth chapter of the Old Testament book of the Psalms we find David emphatically praising the excellency of the name of the LORD, and we find David praising the glory of the LORD which He set above the heavens, and then we immediately find him transitioning within this psalm to speak of how the LORD ordained strength out of the mouths of those who are weak and powerless in the midst of the earth. What’s more, is the LORD ordained strength unto those who would be considered weak, those who would be considered feeble, those who would be considered base, those who would be considered powerless in and of themselves, and He would do so because of His enemies that the enemy and the avenger might be stilled. In the opening verse David speaks of the excellency of the name of the LORD and the glory of the LORD above the heavens, while in the second verse David goes on to speak about the strength the LORD ordained for the weak and the powerless because of His enemies that the enemy and the avenger might be silenced and stilled. Immediately following this declaration we find David going on to speak of his consideration of the heavens, the work of his fingers, the moon and the stars, which the LORD has ordained, and the great revelation that came in the midst of doing so. It’s worth noting that in the opening verse of this psalm we find David speaking about the name and glory of the LORD, and yet in the third verse we find David speaking of creation, and the great revelation that was experienced in the midst of creation, as while considering, and while observing creation David found himself in a tremendous place where He was not only in awe of the LORD Himself, but also in awe of how the LORD could be mindful of man. It might very well be said that David’s revelation of the name and glory of the LORD caused him to have a personal revelation of the strength that has been ordained for the weak and the powerless, while David’s revelation in creation caused him to have a deeper and greater revelation of the crowning jewel of God’s creation. Undoubtedly David would have either heard or read the narrative of the creation of the heavens and the earth, and would have come to the part of creation where the heavens and the earth, and all that was contained therein had been created, and the LORD would engage on creating the greatest piece of His creation.

If you turn and direct your attention back to the first chapter of the Old Testament book of Genesis you will find in the first twenty-five verses, and in the first five days of creation the LORD created the heavens and the earth, and everything in them. Within the first five days of creation the LORD would create the heavens and the earth, the sun, the moon and the starry host of heaven, and everything that moved upon the land and within the sea. With each stage and with each facet of creation the LORD would look upon what He had created and would see that it was indeed good. With each subsequent day of creation we find the LORD looking upon everything He had created—and not only seeing that it was good, but also preparing for the final element of his creation, which would be the creation of man. In the first five days of creation the LORD created the heavens and the earth, and yet when the sixth day approached, the LORD would engage upon His greatest creation—that which would be set in the midst of the creation, and yet that which would exercise dominion and authority over it all. Despite the fact that the LORD would create the heavens and the earth and everything in them within the first five days of creation, He would create something—rather someone—on the sixth day that would exercise dominion and authority over it all. Not only would that which was created on the sixth day exercise dominion and authority over everything that had been created, but that which was created would also be steward and overseer of everything the LORD created. This is evidenced in what is found—not only within the first and opening chapter of the Old Testament book of Genesis, but also in the second chapter of the same Old Testament book. Consider if you will the first five days of creation, but also the sixth day of creation when the LORD would form something new from that which He had created, and the divine purpose and assignment of that which had been created:

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2).

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5).

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day” (Genesis 1:6-8).

“And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day” (Genesis 1:9-13).

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: and he made the stars also. And God set them int eh firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day” (Genesis 1:14-19).

“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multitiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day” (Genesis 1:20-23).

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:24-25).

When you finish reading these first twenty-five verses of the first chapter of the book of Genesis you will be directly confronted with the first five days of creation. It would be within the first five days of creation where the LORD would create the heaven and the earth, and everything that was contained therein. It would be within the first five days of creation the LORD would create both Light and Darkness, and it would be within the first five days the LORD would create the greater light to govern the Day, while the lesser light would govern the Night. The LORD would separate the waters from upon the earth from the waters above the earth, and would place a firmament in between the two. Moreover, it would be within the first five days of creation the living God would create land in the midst of the waters which He would call Earth, and it would be this separation of Earth and the waters that would show forth a distinction in the creation of God. Not only would the LORD create living creatures to move in the midst of the waters, and not only would the LORD create fowls of the air to move in the skies, but the LORD would also create living creatures that would move upon the face of the earth. By the time you come to the sixth day you will find much of creation already having been completed, as the LORD was preparing to produce and bring forth His greatest creation and His greatest masterpiece—the crowning jewel of His creation which He would not only place at the very center of it all, but which He would give dominion and authority over the earth, as well as stewardship of the earth. Consider if you will the words which are written in the final portion of the first chapter of the book of Genesis, as well as the words which are written in the second chapter of this same Old Testament book concerning the creation of man, as well as the command man was given to exercise dominion and authority over everything the LORD had created within and upon the earth:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:26-31).

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God needed his work which He had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads…And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress and to keep it. And the LORED God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his fie: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:1-10, 15-25).

With the latter portion of the first chapter we find ourselves looking in upon the sixth day of creation, and how the LORD God created man in His image and after His likeness. Within the sixth day we find the LORD forming man from the dust of the ground, and breathing into his nostrils the breath of life that he might become a living soul. What’s more, is that we find the LORD God taking man whom He had created outside the garden and placed him in the midst of the garden. Not only had the LORD placed man within the garden, but the LORD also gave man dominion and authority over everything He had created, as well as stewardship over the garden itself to dress and keep it. Furthermore, we find the LORD bringing unto Adam all the living creatures, and everything which moved upon the face of the earth to see what He might name them. What a truly remarkable and powerful picture we find in the opening chapters of the Old Testament book of Genesis, for within these two chapters we find the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything that was contained therein. Once the first five days of creation had been completed the LORD would come to the sixth day—that day when He would create His finest creation, which would be the masterpiece and centerpiece of it all. It’s interesting to note that when David considered the heavens and the work of the fingers of God, the moon and the stars, which He had ordained, he had a personal and internal revelation—not only concerning man as the creation of God, but also of himself as the creation of God. It’s truly remarkable and beautiful to read the words which are found within the eighth chapter of the Old Testament book of the Psalms, for within the eighth chapter we find David looking upon the creation of God, and the work of His fingers, and the moon and the stars, and in that place of revelation, David received and came face to face with a personal revelation of man, and the true purpose for man which was ordained by the living God. Oh, I can’t help but wonder if David looked upon the moon and the stars, and not only considered the promise the LORD made to Abraham concerning his descendants being as the stars in the heaven, but also the vision which Joseph had concerning the sun, the moon, and the stars bowing down before him. Is it possible that when David looked at the moon the stars—perhaps as he was in the fields shepherding his father’s sheep—he remembered the words which the LORD had spoken unto Abraham concerning descendants being as numerous as the stars in the heaven, as well as numerous as the sand upon the shore?

As I sit here this morning and think about the revelation which David received as he considered the heavens, the work of the fingers of God, and the moon and the stars which the LORD ordained, I am not only reminded of the words which the LORD promised and declared unto Abraham concerning his descendants, but I am also reminded of the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the first and opening chapter of the New Testament epistle which was written unto the saints which were at Rome. Moreover, I am reminded of the words which the apostle Paul would write later on in that very same chapter in the eighth chapter, and the revelation concerning the creation of God and its direct and intrinsic link to man who was created from and within it. Even still, I can’t help but be reminded of the scene with the apostle John saw in the throne room of heaven, for what we find and see in the earth with living creatures moving upon the face of the creation of God, we also see to a certain degree in heaven with the four living creatures that are always before the throne of God in heaven. Consider if you will the following words which are found within the canon of Scripture, beginning in the first book of Genesis, and continuing through to the final book of the Revelation of Jesus the Christ:

“And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it” (Genesis 15:4-7).

“And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, and said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice” (Genesis 22:15-18).

“And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; and I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws” (Genesis 26:2-5).

“For the watch 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: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, busted in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to restrain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whispers, backbiters, haters of God, despitefully, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1:18-32).

“For ye have not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself heareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our bod” (Romans 8:15-23).

“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 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 4:1-11).

It is truly something utterly and completely amazing and astonishing when you read the words which David penned in the eighth chapter of the Old Testament book of the Psalms, for when he looked at the handiwork—the creation and the fingerprint of God—he was caught up in an unbelievable revelation concerning man as the creation of God. David observed the physical creation of God—the heavens and the earth, the sun and the moon, the stars, and everything the LORD had made—and he looked upon the grandeur and majesty of it all, and yet he found himself being caught up in the magnificent revelation of man as the creation of God. David did in fact look upon the physical creation of God as was manifested in the heavens and the earth, and yet there was something else beyond that creation—something else that was found in the midst of the creation of God that drew him in and captivated his heart and his mind. David looked upon and observed everything the LORD had made—everything the LORD had created in the first five days of creation—and yet when he looked at everything the LORD made he found himself standing in awe of how mindful the LORD was of man whom He had created. What’s more, is that David not only found himself being captivated at the mindfulness the LORD had toward man, but also the reality that man was created a little lower than the angels, was crowned with glory and honour, and was made to have dominion over the work of his hands. What’s more, is that David would go on to emphatically declare that the LORD had placed all things under man’s feet, thus further symbolizing and speaking of the tremendous authority and dominion man was given upon the earth. Within this particular psalm—not only did David speak of man being created in the image and likeness of God being made a little lower than the angels, but David also spoke of the original design and intention of man, which was to exercise dominion and authority upon the earth. It’s incredibly powerful to read how these words were echoed in the second chapter of the New Testament epistle which was written unto the Hebrews, for what was man’s original design and intention in the creation of God would be perfectly and beautifully fulfilled in the person of Jesus the Christ. It would be Jesus the Christ who would not only be the perfect image of the invisible God, but by coming in the form of human flesh, and by taking upon Himself the seed of Abraham, He would fulfill, He would carry out, He would exercise that which was the original design and intention of the LORD when man was formed of the dust of the ground, when man was created in the image and likeness of the living God, and when man was given dominion and authority upon the earth.

If there is one thing I truly and absolutely love when reading the words which are found within this passage of Scripture, it’s how David found himself being enraptured and captured in the creation of God, and it would be in the place of that revelation of creation David would come to understand just how precious man truly was in the divine plan of God. Not only do we find within this passage the beauty of the creation of God, but we also find the mission and assignment of man when he was created and formed from the dust of the ground in the beginning. Once the heavens and the earth and everything in them were created, man would form man from the dust of the ground—form and create Him in His own image, and after His own likeness—would breathe the breath of life into his nostrils causing him to become a living soul, and He would give him dominion and authority over everything he had created. One of the most beautiful truths wrapped up in this particular psalm is the revelation that is contained—and not only contained, but also manifested in the creation of God. David merely considered the heavens and the work of the fingers of God, David merely considered the moon and the stars which the LORD had ordained, and he found himself being greatly humbled and in awe of the fact that the LORD would be mindful of man who was created a little lower than the angels. Undoubtedly David would have looked at all the stars in the heavens—or as many as he could see with his natural eyes—and he would perhaps think back to the words and promise which the LORD had made to Abraham, and to Isaac, and how the LORD promised them that their descendants would be as the stars in the heaven. Just as neither Abraham nor Isaac could number the stars in the heaven, nor count the sand on the shore, so also would their descendants be too numerous to count. David looked at and into the creation of God and was immediately caught up in the tremendous beauty of the care the LORD displayed toward His crowning creation which was made on the sixth day. David looked at and looked within creation, and in the revelation of creation he encountered a revelation of himself, as well as a revelation of man—particularly the glory and honor that was given unto them, and the dominion and authority the LORD had bestowed upon them. Perhaps the greatest question we must ask ourselves is whether or not we are living up to that purpose and that assignment for which we were created. David not only spoke of man being crowned with glory and honor, but David also spoke to man being made to have dominion and authority over the work of the hands of God.

CROWNED WITH GLORY AND HONOR! MADE TO HAVE DOMINION AND HONOR! I sit here this morning and I can’t help but think about the fact that the glory and honour which man was crowned with had absolutely nothing to do within themselves, but rather in the fact that they were created in the image and after the likeness of the living God. The glory and honor which was found within and upon man was absolutely inherent, and absolutely intrinsic to their being created in the image and after the likeness of the living God. You will notice that Jesus Himself spoke of the glory He had with the Father in the beginning when He spoke about His time on the earth drawing to a close. Jesus Himself had a glory with the Father in eternity and before the foundations of the world were laid, and as He was preparing to depart from this world and return to His Father who was in heaven He spoke of that glory which He had with the Father. It is important that we recognize and understand this, for just as Jesus Himself had glory with the eternal Father from before the foundations of the world, so also do we have, and so also were we crowned with glory and honor. What we must recognize, however, is that glory and honour has absolutely nothing to do with us ourselves, and has absolutely everything to do with our being created in the image and after the likeness of the living God. The glory and honor we have been given intrinsically linked and inextricably bound to our bearing the image and likeness of the living God. When David spoke of our being crowned with glory, he was speaking of the tremendous truth that in our being image bearers, and in our being those who carry the likeness of the living God—there is a certain glory, and a certain honor in that. With that being said, it is absolutely necessary that we recognize that even the dominion and authority we have been given within and upon the earth has absolutely nothing to do with us, but the fact that we were created in the image and likeness of the living God. I am absolutely and completely convinced that the glory and honor which David spoke about within this psalm, and the dominion and authority he spoke about were entirely and altogether linked to the fact that we were made a little lower than the angels, and yet we were created in the image and after the likeness of the living God. The dominion and authority we have over the work of the hands of God is only made possible because of our being created in the image and after the likeness of the living God. You will notice that of all that was created within and upon the earth—only man was created in the image and after the likeness of the living God. Only man was created in the image and likeness of God, and only man was formed from the dust of the ground, and only man was given dominion and authority upon the earth. When man was created in the image and after the likeness of the living and eternal God he was given a measure of glory and government, as well as a measure of honor and authority, for he would be the chief representative of the eternal God within and upon the earth.

The question I can’t help but ask as I present these words to you is whether or not you truly understand the thoughts the eternal God has for and toward you. I can’t help but wonder if you have truly caught the revelation that you were created in the image and after the likeness of the living God, and that even before you were formed within the womb of your mother the LORD knew you by name. Even before your parents gave you your name the LORD knew your name and called you forth by name. How absolutely incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that before you were conceived within the womb of your mother you were not only called forth, but also brought forth by name within the heart and mind of the eternal God. It is something truly wonderful and incredible to think about and consider the fact that you were created in the image and after the likeness of the living God, and within that image and likeness is a measure of glory and honor you were created with. What’s more, is that within that image and likeness there is a dominion and authority that has been given unto you. The question we must ask ourselves is whether or not we are walking in the glory and honor which the LORD has bestowed upon us, and whether or not we are walking in the dominion and authority the LORD has implanted within us. David looked upon the creation of God—the work of His fingers, and that which He ordained in the heavens—and he was incredibly humbled at the fact that the God who created all of that not only would, but also could be mindful of Him. We dare not, we cannot and must not miss and lose sight of this absolutely tremendous and incredible reality, for the God who created the heavens and the earth created us in His image and after His likeness, and as such we have a responsibility to the glory and honor He has bestowed upon us, as well as to the dominion and authority that was given unto man within and upon the earth—dominion and authority which man forfeited in the garden through transgression, through rebellion, and through iniquity. Even the ancient serpent, which is the Devil and Satan acknowledged this when in the wilderness he showed unto Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in a moment’s time, and declared that he would give the authority of all the kingdoms of the earth unto Him, for such had been delivered unto him through the rebellion and disobedience of man. How beautiful and marvelous it is to consider that through the life of Jesus He exercised the dominion and authority man was supposed to have within and upon the earth, and through His death and resurrection He restored the authority which man had forfeited through rebellion and disobedience. It was for this reason Jesus was able to declare unto the disciples before He ascended unto the right hand of the Father that all authority in heaven and on the earth was given unto Him. It would be that authority which was given unto Him, which He would give unto His disciples—and not only His disciples, but also all those who name the name of Jesus the Christ and walk with and follow Him.

As I bring this writing to a close, I feel it absolutely necessary to leave you with the words which are found within the tenth and fourteenth chapters of the Old Testament book of Psalms, for they are a direct contrast to what we find and read in the eighth chapter. It is in the eighth chapter we not only read of the glory and honor which was bestowed upon man, but also the dominion and authority that was given unto him, and yet when we come to the tenth and fourteenth chapters we come face to face with the dangerous truth that despite being created in the image and after the likeness of the living God, there are those who choose to ignore that image and likeness, those who despise the glory and honor they were given as a direct result of that image, and those who would forfeit the dominion and authority they were created to walk in within the earth. If there is one thing we must recognize and understand it’s that not everyone will acknowledge their being created in the image and after the likeness of the living God, and not everyone will choose to walk in that glory and honor which was bestowed upon them. Not everyone will walk in the light of the image and likeness in which they were created, and they will choose to walk contrary to the image and likeness—not only in which they were created, but also in who it is found. That which we find and that which we read in the tenth and fourteenth chapters aren’t merely David speaking of enemies and adversaries which rose against him, but the words which we find within this passage speaks to and describes the wicked and the evil men who scorn the image and likeness in which they were created, and who despise the glory and honor they were given. With this in mind, I invite you to consider the words which are found within these two chapters in the Old Testament book of the Psalms:

“Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? Why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sitteth in the lurking places of villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. He hath said in his heart, God has forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it. Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. Wherefore doth the wicked condemn God? He hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to require it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: to judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress” (Psalm 10:1-18).

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? Who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD. There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous. Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge. Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When the LORD bringeth back the captivity of His people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad” (Psalm 14:1-7).

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