Ozark Christian Living

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December 9

“O LORD our LORD, how excellent is THY NAME in all the earth!”  Psalm 8:1

“… only as we accept ourselves as HE sees us, are we enabled to see HIM”





To the redeemed who know HIM, this is rightly marked as an exclamation of wonder and worship.  To the heathen who hate HIM and all that HIS NAME entails however, the punctuation changes to a question mark.  Sadly, to most of the world, HIS NAME is nothing more than mockery, an occasion to blaspheme, or take that blessed NAME, which is above every name, in vain.  But regardless of whether it be framed as fact or fancy, this thought of David in Psalm 8 is a phrase of infinite consideration.

“What is man, that THOU art mindful of him?”  This is the real question to the honest at heart; for only as we accept ourselves as HE sees us, are we enabled to see HIM for WHO HE is.  Throughout the eons, a relative few have had a close encounter of the DIVINE kind; and those who did came away eternally changed. 

Though Adam had the first encounter with the DIVINE as CREATOR; beyond Eden, there were other Patriarchs of the faith who found HIS NAME just as excellent.

  • Moses at the burning bush met the “I AM”

  • Joshua was confronted on the banks of the Jordon by the “CAPTAIN of the host of the LORD”

  • Manoah met the VISITOR from Heaven whose NAME was “SECRET”  (i.e. WONDERFUL cf. Isaiah 9:6)

  • Daniel caught a visionary glimpse of “The ANCIENT OF DAYS”

  • Jacob met the “ANGEL of the LORD” by the brook Jabbok

  • Saul of Tarsus met “JESUS” on the road to Damascus

  • John the Revelator discovered the “ALPHA and OMEGA” at the outset of the Revelation… and was a short time later introduced to “The LION of the Tribe of Judah”

 Isaiah prophesied of a virgin born CHILD WHO was (and is) the “MIGHTY GOD”  ... and even though you’ve never met HIM in such a dramatic fashion as these, if you have met HIM at all, HE is your “SAVIOR and LORD”  What a blessedness, what a joy divine … to lean into those everlasting arms and learn of the limitless LORD of all excellence. 

“HE saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?”

For Love of Country
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
(26th President of the United States)
"No people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours, and this is said reverently, in no spirit of boastfulness in our own strength, but with the gratitude to the GIVER of good WHO has blessed us."

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