The Book of Psalms
The Bible tells us that creation is evidence for the Creator. It shows His majesty and power. However, people have failed to see His majesty in His creation. We should be able to appreciate the beauty of creation, but instead miss seeing God’s glory in it by only seeing facts. In this sermon on Psalm 8:4, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones speaks on the failure to see God in His creation, specifically His creation of mankind. He begins with the question “What is man?” to show how man has learned to answer it apart from the creation of God. Some overestimate mankind, putting him above God. Others underestimate mankind, thinking of our human race as nothing of importance at all. He then moves on the the biblical and right view of man: that mankind has been created in God’s image. We were made to glorify God and be in communion with Him. However, mankind turned its back on God by becoming slaves to sin, causing a distorted view of who we are. The good news is that Jesus came to save us from sin and help us become the people God created us to be in His image. He concludes by encouraging us to see this truth and glorify God for it.
Do Christians think? Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones as he asserts the wonder of creation and the fact that only the Christian can really perceive. Look at the message of Psalm 8:3-4 and see how the believer thinks differently from the unbeliever. The Christian mind is guided by the Bible, rather than the media and news. How are you affected when you look up at the sky? Marvel and wonder at creation! Do not just live life from one news highlight to the next. Is Christianity really against the advance of science? Look at the persecution of Galileo and the Protestant Reformation that pushed science forward. There is a difference between accidental happening and intentional creation. Why are order and laws of creation in place? Learn the difference between a thinker and a superficial reactor. Dr. Lloyd-Jones addresses the problem, the contradiction, the uniqueness, and the tragedy of man. Man is a worshipper – the only hope for man and the world is that this is God’s world. God visited and redeemed this world! Discover the series of "launchings" of the Son of God. There is great urgency to be encapsulated in Christ before you are launched into the presence of a Holy God.
Why does mankind not see creation as God’s own handiwork? In this sermon on Psalm 8:3-4, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses the very important theological question and shows its significance for our life. The reason that man can look at creation and believe it is anything other than the creation of God is because they are blinded by sin. All men are born in sin and naturally opposed to God. So, they reject God, not because of reason, but because of sinful prejudice. The psalmists teach this, but we also see the same thing in the New Testament through the life and ministry of Jesus when He performs great signs and wonders to the people. But in the end, the people still cry out for Him to be crucified, for they still did not believe that He was God’s Son. This is because of the sinful principle in all men. What is the answer to man’s blindness and hard-heartedness? The answer is only found in the grace of God in Jesus Christ! Only by God giving His Son and opening the eyes of sinners can anyone be saved. Salvation is wholly a gift of God wherein He gives salvation freely as a gift!
Listen to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in this sermon on Psalm 8:3-4 as he responds to the accusations of the world at Trinity Road Chapel Centenary in 1970 – accusations saying Christians are stuck in the past and unaware of what is happening in the modern world. The Christian Gospel is necessary to consider the past and to face the future. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that the only people truly thinking in this world are the Christians. Governed entirely by the Bible, this is a new way of thinking and "considering" things. What is your reaction to various events and creation? Christians are not anti-scientific. In fact, true Christianity has been the greatest stimulus for scientific discovery. Learn how the Protestant reformation liberated men from Greek philosophy and encouraged the scientific revolution. The mind of God alone offers an adequate explanation for the intricacies of creation. Listen to the majesty of man, the companion of God, the mark of the divine stamp, the tragedy of man, and the great contradiction of man. Man is a hero worshipper with marred faculties. Have you prepared for the blazing heat of God’s righteousness? Can you answer the questions of God? This life determines eternity, there are no second chances – enter in and be eternally safe.