April 4
Today's Bible Readings
     Leviticus 7
     Psalms 7 & 8
     Proverbs 22
     I Thessalonians 1
''O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth. You have set your glory above the heavens." (Psalms 8: 1)
            Psalm 8 is one of several Messianic Psalms that exalt the Name of Jesus. Our memory verse reveals David's excitement as he exalts the Messiah. God is described with many Names, but it is the name of Jesus that David says is excellent in all the earth.  The Psalmist does not use His Name, but he wants us to know that His glory fills the universe.
            His name is above every name - every name in heaven, on earth and every name throughout the vast universe. (Philippians 2:9-11) The day will come when every tongue will confess that glorious excellent name of Jesus Christ as Lord. For those who are in hell it will be too late, but they will confess it. (Revelation 20:11-15). Those of us who know Him as Savior will continue in His presence to confess and exalt that Name throughout eternity.
            The Psalmist reveals something very unique about this promised Messiah. How could it be that He would be made lower than the angels? (Verse 5) After all, this exalted Messiah is God, the Creator of all things (Verse 3) and yet He is to    be made lower than the angels. There is some incredible theology here.
            The angels are indeed a marvelous creation of God. A close examination of Scripture will reveal that they are innumerable, immortal, and invincible.
            We are introduced to categories of them well known for their ministry of praise. The seraphim and the cherubim have special ministries of praise.  We were even introduced to individual angels like Michael and Gabriel. They are servants of God and servants of men. They were created by God to take care of His children. (Hebrews 1:14 and Psalms 91:11), but they are only created beings.      
            Only God is Deity. Now here is the great truth that reveals the exalted Messiah in all of His compassion for fallen humanity. Consider these facts of Scripture: The angels are the creation of the Messiah. Man is created lower than the angels. In His incarnation, Jesus places Himself lower than the angels along with His fellow man. Through His resurrection and ascension, Jesus is exalted above the angels.
            Because we are saved, we experience the power of His resurrection and are raised above the angels. The angels become our servants. Angels who are not joint heirs with God must stand aside when the believer is introduced to His boundless eternal riches. Angels do not have the benefit of salvation as we do. They cannot sing, ''Shackled by a heavy    burden,          'neath a load of guilt and shame. Then the hand of Jesus touched me and now I am no longer the same."
            The angels cannot pray our Father which art in heaven. Through His resurrection, we have now been raised to a higher place than even the angels. What a Savior! No wonder the Psalmist closed out this incredible passage with “0 Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth.”
            The two countries of Guinea are the Republic of Guinea and Republic of Guinea-Bissau, in Africa.They have approximately 10 million people from 40 different ethnic groups. These relatively small countries have tremendous economic and spiritual needs. As in most Third World countries, the greatest need for prayer is that God would raise up an army of pastors and laymen who have strong leadership training.
            The Christian population is still a small minority and concentrated in the southeast forest. The tribes who are there are Kissi, Kpelle, and Toma. There has been a great deal of outward growth numerically. The outward growth, however, has not been accompanied by revival. Pray that the Holy Spirit might transform individuals, families, and tribes, making them models for truly African Christian lifestyle. Pray for close fellowship between missions serving in the area and for the national churches. Pray for courage, stamina, and great faith for the growing missionary force in a land of rugged living conditions, and poor communications. Pray also for more new missionaries to be called. Pray that the Lord may call more missionaries, particularly, to Muslim groups in these countries. Pray also that the Guinean believers may catch the vision of evangelizing the unreached in their own nations.
''He has always been, He always will be. He had no predecessor; He will have no successor. There was nobody before Him, there will be nobody after Him. You cannot impeach Him, and He is not going to resign. Praise Him and exalt Him today." Dr. E.V. Hill