The Crown and Climax of God’s Creation
Sermon shared by Bishop Lalachan Abraham
Summary: What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels,And You have crowned him with glory and honor (Psalm 8:1-4 NKJV)
Audience: General teen
David goes on to declare God's majesty through the glory and honor that He has bestowed upon man. David begins by comparing the marvelous splendor of the heavens to the feebleness and frailty of man, in order to show what a great work God has done through man in using such a creature for His glory. David says, "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers..." The wording suggests that David was in the habit of meditating upon God's creation. We can consider the vastness of seemingly infinite space, beholding galaxies and stars that are light years away. Through the vastness of space, we become aware of the vastness, the magnificence and the power of God. And these heavens are but "the works of [God's] fingers."Clearly, David's meditation of the heavens took place at night, for he marvels at "the moon and the stars, which [God has] set in place."
So, study the Word of God, It is good for us to consider the heavens with God in mind. Science is far-reaching, taking us to the heights of the cosmos. Theology, however, is further-reaching, taking us beyond the heavens to the dwelling place of God. Also, through consideration of the vastness of God's creation, we come to realize the feebleness and frailty of man. "Meditation fits for humiliation." Through such meditation, we come to say, as David, "What is man that You are mindful of him?" “Mindful” comes from the Hebrew word zakar, to mark or remember continually, as perpetual incense rising; to set the heart upon; to keep continually in merciful view. God, in His infinite mercy upholds man with His righteous right hand. What are we, that God should be mindful of us?
We must wonder, in view of the vastness and majesty of His creation, why God would be mindful of and care for man. "What is man" in God's eyes? Man is fallen; man is corrupt and tainted. Man is ungrateful; man is rebellious, often turning his back on God. But God "is mindful of him" and God "cares for him". Let us never forget what a great thing it is that God cares for us. There are many who say that they believe in God, but they think, at the same time, that God is not active in or even concerned with His creation. Perish the thought! On the contrary, God is "mindful “of His creation and His creatures, visiting them every day, working in their lives, influencing the history of mankind toward His purpose.
Clearly, on earth, God has given man a special place in His creation. God has made man "a little lower than the heavenly beings", as compared to rest of the creatures. Among the creatures, man has dominion; man rules over "all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas." David also says that God "crowned [man] with glory and honor" and "put everything under his feet".
The New King James Version says, "a little lower than the angels," but the word is literally Elohim, the same word that is used here in this passage for God. God created man in his own image." And after His likeness ;"( Genesis 1:26) we know man is special, because we read in Genesis 1:27 that man was created in God's own image. This gave us many very special characteristics, including the ability to know right and wrong, a will to choose, an everlasting soul, and fellowship with God. Man is the only creation that has an everlasting
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