Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Psalm 8: The Glory of Man

KEY TEXT: Psalms 8:3-6 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet

KEY THOT: Man seems so small and insignificant in the grand scheme of this immense universe. At last estimate, there are at least 200 billions galaxies in the Universe, of which our galaxy (the Milky Way System) is but one. And each galaxy contains approximately 100 billion stars of which our sun is just a mid-sized one among the 100 billions stars in the Milky Way system. And our Planet Earth is just like a tiny speck of sand in the immensity of space. No wonder the psalmist David felt a sense of awe that the Creator of this immense Universe has chosen to focus his love and care on humans dwelling on this earth. Not only does God care for man, he has also given him dominion over all His created order: "you have put all things under his feet" (v.6). 

In fact, one may even say that God made all things for man's enjoyment--to observe and marvel God's creation, to participate in His creative work and to use them for man's benefits. Man has been given the right to explore and exploit the natural resources of planet Earth for meaningful and creative use--for food, for construction of artifacts, buildings and cities, and for recreational enterprises. The earth's resources are unlimited for man's creative endeavours. God has done all these for man because he "care for him" (v.4).

Furthermore, we understand that Creation is "the work of your fingers". So from the created order, we learn much about our Creator. We can deduce his invisible attributes from His works, just as we can deduce the mind of the artist from his paintings, the writer's from his books and the musician's from his music. As Paul declares in Romans 1:19-21, "For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse." As much as no one can make the excuse that they cannot know anything about the artist, the painter and writer from their works, so we cannot make the same excuse about God from His works.

May Creation fill our hearts with a sense of gratitude that this great Creator cares about us and have given us authority to be His co-regents over His creation.

Abba-Father, what an amazing God You are! You not only made this immense Universe, but You have done it for us--to show Your care for us. Amen.

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