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Psalm 8:9: The Excellency Of The Lord: “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”


SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

O LORD our Lord,

In this Psalm, David reminds us of some very important truths:

  1. “who hast set thy glory above the heavens” – His glory is displayed in the daytime and nighttime skies.
  2. “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” – He uses the small and seemingly insignificant to bring honor to Himself and defeat His most powerful enemies.
  3. “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;” – The skies reveal His glory and His sovereignty as His plans from eternity past are brought to partial completion with the creation of the heavens.
  4. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” – Based upon the Lord’s greatness, we must ask ourselves why He thinks about and makes the effort to intervene in our lives.
  5. “For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” – Above thinking about man and intervening in his life, the Lord also created man in an exalted position of authority over, and respect from, God’s creation.
  6. “Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” – God gave mankind the great threefold responsibility over nature: to rule over, to use, and to care for nature
  7. “All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;” – Man’s authority over nature includes all earthly animal life.
  8. “The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.” – Man’s authority also extended to all air and water life.

As we think on these things they establish the truth that the our God is Lord over all. He possesses Kingly rule; He is merciful and gracious; He is All powerful and wise; and finally, His glory can be seen in every areas of nature, which is His creation.

Based upon all of these truths, we can come to the certain conclusion that ….

how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

The Lord’s name (a reflection of His person and works) is “glorious”, “beautiful” and “worthy”. What David as just told us about the Lord proves it.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

When we started this study our desire was to recognize and meditate upon the greatness of our wonderful Lord, and then give Him praise for His greatness in our thoughts, words, and actions.

King David has certainly given us all the information we need to praise and honor our Lord throughout our lifetime! May we all praise Him throughout the rest of our lives!

This brings an end to our verse-by verse study of Psalm 8… but wait… there’s more. Not only does this Psalm bring us face to face with many of the wonderful glories of our Lord, but it also gives us three basic truths about Christ presented to us in this Psalm.

In the next three parts of our study, we will be looking at these truths about Christ as they were written by King David!

 

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Psalm 8:8: The Excellency Of The Lord: “Fowl…Fish… Whatsoever Passeth Through Channel Of Sea””


SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

 

Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

Not only does man’s rule over the animal kingdom involve land dwelling animals but also the animals that dwell in the air and the seas. King David breaks these groups of animals down using the general terms:

  1. “the fowl of the air” including all the birds of the skies
  2. “The fish of the sea” – including all the many types of fish (both fresh and slat water)
  3. “Whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas” – This would include any water life that is not classified as fish. Shrimp, crab, oyster, etc etc.

Once again we can see how all of God’s creatures, whether land, air or sea dwelling were given unto man to meet the needs of man, while caring and not abusing them.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all thank the Lord for giving mankind the wonderful gift of nature and the rulership over it to supply all of mankind’s needs!

 

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Psalm 8:6: The Excellency Of The Lord: “Thou Hast Put All Things Under His Feet”


SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

King David continues to describe mankind’s position that they held prior to the fall…

 

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;

The Lord gave to man authority to control and to rule over the Lord’s creation. This includes both ruling over, caring for, and using the Lord’s creation for mankind’s benefit. This is clearly brought out in Genesis 1:26-28…

“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.”

 

Please note the three-fold responsibility (and opportunity) that man was given over nature:

  1. He was to rule over (control) nature… “let them have dominion over” (vs 26); “and have dominion” (vs 28). In other words, bring it under man’s control.
  2. He was to use nature for his benefit… “and subdue it” (vs 28) in other words, to control for man’s use and profit.
  3. He was to care for it and not abuse it… “replenish the earth” (vs 28) in other words, cause nature to flourish, cause it to propagate.

 

thou hast put all things under his feet:

At creation, mankind was given a perfect type of ruler ship over God’s creation. Nature was his to use, not to abuse; nature was his to sustain him, not deplete him; nature was his to benefit him, not harm him; nature was his to aid him, not hinder him. This was mankind’s intended relationship to nature.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

This is the type of rulership over nature for which mankind was originally created. Sadly, this perfect type of rule was lost in the fall of mankind…

Man no longer possess a perfect type of dominion over nature. Now, many times, nature depletes man; it harms him, and hinders him… all of this is taking place while mankind is abusing nature and wastefully depleting it to satisfy his own selfish lusts. These are all results of mankind’s choice to rebel against the Lord in the Garden of Eden.

After the Lord gave to mankind the blessing of exaltation over His creation, mankind responded by choosing to rebel against Him. In spite of mankind’s rebellion against Him, the Lord still has chosen to look down to mankind, showing them mercy and personally intervening in their lives. In doing so, He gives to them the understanding of their need to repent and grants them faith in Him.

What a wonderful Lord we serve!

 

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Psalm 8:4: The Excellency Of The Lord: “What is Man?”


SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

What is man, that thou art mindful of him?

King David, when he thinks about the greatness of His Lord, is reminded of man’s inability, sinfulness, and irrelevance.

This leads him to ask His God, “Why do you remember man and give place in your thoughts to him? Man is sinful, disobedient, impotent, and of no spiritual value apart from you.” In this question David is emphasizing the THOUGHTS of the Lord.

But King David does not stop there, he then asks the Lord another question to emphasize his point…

 

and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

“Lord, why do you go to, and care for those who are born of human, fallen, sinful parents?”

Here, David is not speaking of the Lord’s thoughts but of His ACTIONS towards sinful man. The Lord not only places His thoughts upon man, but He also actively goes to man and lovingly intervenes in his life.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, these are two very important questions that we all need to be considering. Why does the Lord think about us, seek us, and then graciously intervene in our lives? After considering the Lord’s greatness, David came to understand the Lord does these things not based upon anything in us.

We do not deserve His gracious intervention nor can we merit it through any good works we might do. He intervenes in our lives only because He mercifully chooses to do so. May we all praise and honor the Lord this day for His wondrous thoughts and actions that He has shown towards us!

 

Rom 3:23-28 –

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.’

 

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Psalm 8:2: The Excellency Of The Lord: “hast thou ordained strength”


SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 8:1-9

(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies,”

Here, we find a prophecy given by King David that was fulfilled in the time of Christ’s first coming…

 

Matt 21:14-17 – “And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say?

And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.”

 

In this Matthew passage, we see Jesus working great healing miracles in the Jewish temple. These miracles were being done to confirm that Jesus was the promised Messiah to all who witnessed them.

Among those present during these miracles were unbelieving chief priests and scribes who were displeased at the accrediting miracles that were being performed by Christ. Keep in mind, these Jewish leaders were unbelievers who were denying the deity of Christ, His divine sonship, His identity as the Messiah, the promised King of Israel.

Also among the people present were the unbiased children who were watching the wondrous miracles Jesus performed. Upon seeing these miracles they proclaimed “Hosanna to the Son of David”, in the midst of the enemies of Christ.

This is the event of which King David spoke. In this event, we see the Lord using the young, innocent children to mightily praise Him. While the “wise” spiritual leaders of the nation of Israel totally misunderstood the identity and personhood of Christ, these young children saw Jesus for whom He was, the true Messiah, the Son of God, the descendent of David who was destined to rule over His people for an eternity.

 

“that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”

Christ used these innocent, unbiased children to proclaim truths about Him that would put to rest all the arguments and words of jealousy and hatred spoken by these spiritual leaders.

Christ describes these spiritual leaders as:

  1. enemies – those who oppose, those who hate
  2. avengers – those who hold grudges, those who seek to avenge

Both of these titles are great names for the unbelieving Jewish leaders of Christ’s day. Who both opposed His ministry, hated Him and His teachings, held grudges and jealousies against Him, and sought to take their vengeance out upon Him.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks let us all praise and honor our Lord for His use of the weak and insignificant to strongly defeat those who oppose Him.

Keep in mind, the Lord does not only use the literal children to bring honor and praise to Him but also all of us who are weak and humble among us. He does this to be a constant reminder that it is Christ working in us to bring about all spiritual victories, these victories are not gained through anything found in us…

 

1Co 1:26-29

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that 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.”

It is this principle that allows us to be used of the Lord for His glory and honor. After all, are we not all weak and impotent in our acts of service to Him? In that sense, are we not all “babes” in His service and our understanding of Him?

Mat 11:25

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

 

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Psalm 8:1-9: The Excellency Of The Lord: Introduction


SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

 

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

 

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

Psa 8:1-9

(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.”

Although this opening introductory sentence is not a part of the inspired Scriptures, we can learn a bit about Psalm 8…

 

First of all, we see that David wrote this Psalm to be sung during times of worship. This is why he gave it to “the chief Musician”.

 

Secondly, we can also learn that this Psalm was meant to be used “upon Gittith”. A first glance, this may seem to be describing some Jewish feast or celebration upon which this Psalm was meant to be sung. However, according to most scholars, “Gittith” does not speak of a celebration at all, but instead it speaks of the type of musical instrument, or tune that was to be used in the singing of this Psalm.

Please notice that the root word of “Gittith” literally means “a Gittite” or “an inhabitant of Gath”. Gath was a city located in Philistia, the land of the Philistines. Keep in mind, David spent time living with the Philistines and could easily be acquainted with the musical instruments and tunes that they played. This instrument, or tune, is probably to what the term “Gittith” refers.

 

Finally, the author of this Psalm is identified as King David. Although most scholars have no idea when this Psalm was written, its contents seems to be based upon David’s remembrances of his days as a shepherd boy, living among nature, viewing the wonders of the night sky as he laid down to sleep and viewing the greatness of this earth and its inhabitants during the daylight hours as he watched his father’s sheep.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, how often do we take the time to stop and simply worship and praise at the Lord “in the beauty of His holiness” (1 Chr 16:29, 2 Chr 20:21)? Now is our “big chance” to do just that!

By God’s grace let us all take a moment before we begin each devotional lesson to rid our mind of the temporal, earthly concerns that we face, and prepare to see the Lord in all His glory.

I am seeking His enabling grace to present a very dim view of His greatness to all of us in this short series from Psalm 8. Truly without Him I can do nothing, but through Him I can do all things.

May He bless all of us as we seek to come before Him, and bow down, and kneel before our Lord our Maker…

 

Psa 95:6-9 – “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.“

 

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Philippians 4:21-23 “I Can Do All Things Through Christ”


 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Php 4:21-23 – “Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. (22) All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household. (23) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. To the Philippians written from Rome, by Epaphroditus.”

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Paul’s closing to his letter and our closing to this devotional series….

Salute every saint in Christ Jesus.

 

Paul tells the Philippian saints to embrace and welcome each other in the knowledge we are all members of Christ’s family. This is one of the most prevalent commands that the Lord gives to His people to always love one another…

Joh 13:34-35 – “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

 

The brethren which are with me greet you. All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.

 

Paul sends greetings to the Philippians from those with him… they send their embraces and welcomes to them. Paul who was imprisoned still found fellow believers around him in the household of Caesar.

Perhaps, these are people that he personally had won to the Lord, or else they were previously saved and now were in contact with Paul. In either case, although he was imprisoned by Romans, he still was able to enjoy fellowship with believers around him.

 

 

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

Paul’s parting desire for the Philippian believers was for Christ’s grace to be with each of them.

Folks, if we have God’s grace in our lives what more do we really need? By having His grace, we are assured of His forgiveness of our sins, deliverance from our sins and continual presence in this world and in the world to come.

 

Rom 16:24 – “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

 

 

To the Philippians written from Rome, by Epaphroditus.

This letter from Paul to the Philippians was written from Rome (while Paul was in prison), was dictated by Paul, and penned by Epaphroditus.

Why didn’t Paul actually pen this epistle. Some believe it was because he was in prison and did not have the proper materials to write a letter, but most believe it was because Paul’s eyesight was very poor and he was not able to see to write.

This second theory would explain why Paul says he personally wrote the letter of Galatians in large script…

Gal 6:11 – “Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.”

And his poor eyesight may have been the “thorn in the flesh” of which he spoke a few times in his writings…

2Co 12:7 – “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

This closing to Paul’s letter is a very fitting closing to this devotional series as well. My wish for each one of us is to have the Lord’s grace present in our lives on a daily basis, that we might all love one another with a self-sacrificial love, and may we all grow in both knowledge and the application of these truths to our lives.

Thank you so much for joining with me in this devotional study.

 

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Philippians 4:19-20 “God Shall Supply All Your Need”


 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Php 4:19-20 – “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

But my God shall supply all your need

 

In the context of their sacrificial giving to Paul, he reminds the church at Philippi that the Lord will fully meet their needs. What a wonderful display of the faithfulness of the Lord. When we give of our time, labors, and worldly possessions for the cause of Christ, He will never be a debtor to us. He will always make sure our acts of faithfulness will not go unrewarded.

Psa 84:11 – “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”

 

 

 

according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

The Lord is able to supply any need which we may have, because He literally owns all material things eternally. Nothing can stop His delivery of these needs to us because He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present.

Psa 104:24 – “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.”

God’s supplying of all the needs of His people brings glory (ie brings praise and honor) to Himself. It is through His work, the creation of this world that these riches exist and are available for His use in meeting the needs of His people.

Every time we say that our needs are supplied, we have to give our Lord all the credit for those needs being supplied. He is the One that is to be thanked, appreciated, and served based upon His love and grace towards us.

Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Paul, finally, emphasizes the need to bring eternal glory to our Heavenly Father for the meeting of all of our needs.

Paul ends this section with the word “Amen”, simply emphasizing the truthfulness of this promise from God and the need to glorify Him for meeting our daily needs.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all recognize and appreciate the divine supplies of the Lord that are active in our lives. Based upon this appreciation, may we all seek to serve the Lord in greater ways and share with others in need the wonderful blessings He has given to us.

 

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Philippians 4:15-18 “a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God”


 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Php 4:15-18 – “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Paul continues to address the Philippians sacrificial giving…

Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

 

From the beginnings of Paul’s ministry in Philippi, the believers faithfully supported Paul. Once he departed from them, and moved to other ministry locations, no other church were faithful in supporting him.

The church at Philippi was willing to “push the envelope” and set the example for the other churches to whom Paul was ministering.

For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

Even when Paul was in other cities, ministering to the people there, the Philippians were faithful in continuing to help to meet his needs. They did not believe in the “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” mentality of the fallen world. They did not limit their support to the time that Paul ministered to them. Even when Paul no longer ministered to them, they still had the desire to continue their support for Paul.

 

 

Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

 

Paul was thankful for the Philippians’ faithful support, not because he benefited from their support, but because he knew they would be rewarded for their faithfulness to the Lord. His thankfulness was centered upon the future blessings that they would receive from the Lord.

But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

Based upon their continuing support, Paul had an overflowing supply of his needs. He is fully supplied, just having received the lastest love gift from Philippi, which had been delivered by Epaphroditus.

Paul describes their love gifts as:

1. an odour of a sweet smell – a pleasing fragrance

2. a sacrifice acceptable – giving of themselves for another in a way that is approved by God

3. wellpleasing to God – very pleasing to God.

Paul is picturing the love gifts of the Philippians as burnt offerings, the smoke ascending to God, being accepted by God, pleasing Him for their faithfulness to Him.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, may we all see the importance of helping to support those who are sharing the truths of God’s Word to us and to others in this world. In a wider sense, we can also see the need to help any of our brothers and sisters in Christ who have a need that we are equipped to meet.

May our love abound toward faithful ministers for Christ and all our Christian brethren among us!

2Th 1:3 – “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth…”

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Philippians 4:12-14 “I Can Do All Things Through Christ”


 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

Background to Philippians…

The Apostle Paul wrote the epistle (personal letter) (1:1) to the Philippian church, probably during his imprisonment in Rome. The letter was written from a heart of love and concern for the Philippians. Due to Paul’s imprisonment, he could not personally visit with the church so he sent this letter with Timothy to encourage them and bring back news of their condition to Paul. (2:19).

Some of the main divisions of the book include:

1. Introduction to the book: 1:1-2

2. Paul’s thankfulness for the Philippians: 1:3-11

3. News of Paul’s imprisonment and dedication: 1:12-26

4. Following Christ’s example is our duty: 1:27-2:18

5. Paul’s representatives and the need to treat them kindly: 2:19-30

6. Paul’s example of living a joyous life: 3:1-11

7. The Christian’s heavenly calling: 3:12-21

8. The need for Godly living: 4:1-9

9. The love offerings of the Philippians: 4:10-20

10. Closing to the book of Philippians: 4:21-23

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Phil 4:12-14 – “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.”

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Paul continues his thoughts on learning to live a contented life (vs 10:11)…

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound:

Throughout Paul’s experiences in serving the Lord, he came to understand how to live a humbled, depressed life. He also had learned how to live a life in which his needs were more than met, as he overflowed with the necessities of life.

2Co 11:23-28 “Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.”

 

 

every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

 

Paul faced many different life experiences which taught him how to live with all his needs satisfied and, at other times, lacking all of those needs. He was taught how to live with excess and with lack.

 

 

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

Paul understood that it was only through divine intervention by Christ that he was able to remain faithful and contentment in his varying life situations. He could not do this on his own but was entirely reliant upon the empowerment of Christ in his life.

 

Joh 15:4-7 – “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

 

 

 

 

Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.”

He commends the church at Philippi because they shared their possessions with him, to help meet his needs, as he faced the times of lack in his life. Their acts of sharing to meet Paul’s needs were acts of love, grace and concern.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Speaking for myself, there is one section of our Scripture for this morning that is very familiar and interesting… “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

 

This verse is applied in many different ways by teachers of God’s word. However it is important to notice that, in the context, being able to do all things through Christ specifically involves being able to remain faithful to the Lord, no matter what our state may be. Whether facing times of lack, or times of great overages, Paul is telling us that, through Christ, we will be able to make it through faithfully, and with a spirit of contentment.

May we all take this wonderful verse to heart and recognize our consistent need of Christ intervention in our lives to remain faithful no matter what life circumstances may come our way. It is only through Christ we can retain a spirit of contentment and dedication to His cause as we seek to always please Him.

2Co 3:4-5 – “And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God”

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