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)
The Crown and Climax of God’s Creation
Is man a particle of nature or the crown of creation?
O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 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—4NKJV)
God created the whole universe, everything that we see, and last of all he created man. Man is special and is the crown of God's creation in other words Man is the crowning work of God’s creation that’s not a statement of arrogance, that’s a statement of fact. Bible says “For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 In the creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2, the creation of humanity is shown as the high point of God’s creation. And the implication is the profound value of human life. In a culture that tends to demonize people who aren’t look like us, or dress like us, or civilized like us, or speak like us we have a tendency to undermine them. So we need to begin with the Bible to see what it says about humanity being created in the image of God. As image bearers of God, we reveal and unveil something about the character and nature of God in bearing His image.
The image of God tells us that all people, regardless of whether they are like us or not and whether we like them or not, are created with dignity by the mere fact that they are human beings. No matter theist or atheist… Christian or Hindu… Indian or European… Black or white… High cast or No cast...men or women all human beings are created in the image of God. And when we value them and afford them the respect and dignity they deserve as human beings, then we as Christ-followers are revealing to the world around us that we value what God values most. God values human life.
Our text converse as psalmist glanced upon the magnificence of God’s universe, he felt his own tininess. So he asks God, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?. I heard a statement about the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, who said, “As I was traveling away from the Earth to the Moon, the Earth got smaller and smaller into the size of a grape, which you could crush in-between your fingers. Then I began to realize the awesome Majesty of God, who put the stars in place.”
King David begins the psalm 8 with a statement of praise, declaring God's majesty "in all the earth". David points out that God's majesty is manifest from the highest heavens to the lips of infants. First, he says: "You have set Your glory above the heavens." God's glory is evident: in the creation which displays God's grand design in the patterns of the weather and in the flight of the birds; heavens demonstrates God's wisdom and strength through His setting of the heavenly bodies in place and in motion; and, certainly, God's dwelling place exhibits His glory greater than we can imagine, glimpses of which we have in the writings of Ezekiel and John. A creation can never equal the attributes of its Creator, and so, the glory we behold as we study the flight of the birds and the movement of the stars is nothing compared to God's true glory. The extent of God's glory is unimaginable to us; what we see in His creation is but a reflection of His true glory.
Sometimes in our earthly mind, the awesomeness of God is lost. To think He was there before the world began; that He created the world and sustains it with His powerful word. The Bible says “God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.” (Hebrews 1:2-3NLT) Psalm 90:2,says “Before the mountains were born you brought forth the whole world; from everlasting to everlasting you are God...” When I look at the stars at night I remember what the Bible says in Psalm 74:2, “You put stars and sun in place. You laid out the four corners of earth, shaped the seasons of summer and winter.”