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Who Am I? (2 of 8)
Series: Summer in the Psalms
TEXT: Psalm 8 ESV (Recite together)
Many of you may know the name Stephen Hawking, [insert picture of Hawking here] a physicist from England, who is considered one of science's greatest minds.
Stephen Hawking has devoted his life to spreading knowledge of the cosmos and learning more about our place in it.
He believes that there is no heaven, which is only a fairy tale that people made up who are afraid of heaven.
A couple of years ago he gave a lecture in London addressing the topic, "Why are we here?"
In that talk he argued that tiny quantum fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life emerged.
Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in.
Contrast that to what we just read in Psalm 8.
The question that many people ask is "WHO am I and "Why AM I here?"
Who ARE you?
How do you understand your significance in creation?
BE AWED BY GOD'S CREATION
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
There is a sense of the AWE of God.
God's majesty and might are seen throughout the entire earth!
Although the two words "Lord" are the same in English, they are two different words.
The first "LORD", which is usually capitalized, is the name, "Yahweh"; which is the name with which God revealed Himself to Moses, when Moses asked God what His name was.
Yahweh means "I AM".
The self-existent, self-sustaining God of the Universe.
But the psalmist then says, "OUR Lord."
In other words, the God of all the earth is my God.
He is a personal God.
But not only that, you have set your glory ABOVE the heavens.
In other words, you are glorious even beyond what we can see.
And then in verse 2 ...
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