Man’s Dignity and God’s Glory
This Davidic psalm based on Genesis 1 celebrates not only God’s majesty as Creator but also the unique place of human beings in His creation.
O LORD, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory on [or above] the heavens.
Psalm 8:1 (AMP)
Portions of this psalm are quoted in the New Testament and applied to Christ (1 Cor 15:27; Heb 2:6-8). God became human in the person of Jesus, and he will raise all who belong to him when he comes to reign over the new heaven and new earth. Jesus is the only person who perfectly reflects God’s image (Gal 2:20; Col 1:15).
You have taught children and infants
to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies
and all who oppose you.
Psalm 8:2 (NLT)
Children are able to trust and praise God without doubts or reservations. As we get older, many of us find this more and more difficult to do. Ask God to give you childlike faith, removing any barriers to having a closer walk with him.
SPIRITUAL WARFARE BASICS
Praise Is An Effective Weapon
David understood that praise was an effective weapon against his enemies. Praise is a spiritual strength against our enemies when we learn to truly worship the Lord in spirit and truth.
What does this praise do?
It stills the avenger and puts the enemy to flight. That is the reason Satan hates worship – it puts him to flight. David instructed the saints to be joyful and to “let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand” (Ps. 149:6). In this way we are to defeat all our enemies. We assume our offensive position through worship and actually make war in high places.
God Cares for Us
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Psalm 8:3-4 (NLT)
The sun rules the day, but its blinding light usually blots out anything else we might see in the heavens, but at night, we are overwhelmed by the display of beauty from the moon, stars, planets, and galaxies. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that if the stars came out only once in a century, people would stay up all night gazing at them.
What we know today about the size of the universe makes the earth and its inhabitants look even more insignificant than they appeared in David’s day. Our knowledge of light years and the reaches of outer space give us even more reason for appreciating our insignificance in the solar system and God’s wonderful concern for us. In His great love, the Lord chose the earth for Himself (Ps. 24:1) and created us in His own image.
God spoke the worlds into existence, but David saw creation as coming from God’s fingers (Ex. 8:19) and hands, the work of a Master Craftsman. It was evil for the Jews to worship the heavenly host (Ex. 20:4-6; Deut 4:15-19; 17:2-7), but they understood that creation was proof of a caring Creator who prepared the world for the enjoyment and employment of mankind.
God is mindful of us (“remembers,” see Gen. 8:1; 19:29; 30:22) and cares for us (“visits,” see Jer. 29:11; Job 10:12). God completed His creation before He made Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden, so everything was ready for them, to meet their every need.
God Crowns Us
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
Psalm 8:5-8 (NLT)
Why does God pay attention to “frail creatures of dust”?
Because He has made them in His own image, and they are special! Instead of humans being “a little higher than animals,” as science believes, they are actually “a little lower than God.” The Lord crowned Adam and Eve and gave them dominion over the other creatures (Gen. 1:26-27). We are co-regents of creation with the Lord! The angels are servants (Heb. 1:14), but we are kings, and one day, all who have trusted Christ will be like Him (1 John 3:1-3; Rom. 8:29).
People today live more like slaves than rulers, so why aren’t we living like kings?
Because our first parents sinned and lost their crowns, forfeiting that glorious dominion. According to Romans 5, sin is reigning in our world (v. 21) and death is also reigning (vv. 14 and 17), but Jesus Christ has regained the dominion for us and will one day share it with us when He reigns in His kingdom (Heb. 2:6-8).
When Jesus ministered here on earth, He exercised the dominion that Adam lost, for He ruled over the beasts (Mark 1:13; 11:1-7), the fowl (Luke 22:34), and the fish (Luke 5:4-7; Matt. 17:24-27; John 21:1-6).
Today He is on the throne in heaven and all things are “under his feet” (1 Cor. 15:27; Eph. 1:22; Heb. 2:8). The phrase means “completely subjected to Him” (Josh. 10:24; 1 Kings 5:17). Through the exalted Christ, God’s grace is reigning today (Rom. 5:21) so that God’s children may “reign in life” through Jesus Christ.
He has made us “kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 1:6). By faith, “we see Jesus” (Heb. 2:8-9), crowned in heaven, and that assures us that one day we will reign with Him and receive our crowns (Rev. 20:1-6).
O LORD, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth!
Psalm 8:9 (NKJV)
To summarize: God the Father created us to be kings, but the disobedience of our first parents robbed us of our crowns. God the Son came to earth and redeemed us to be kings (Rev. 1:5-6), and today the Holy Spirit of God can empower us to “reign in life by one, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:17). When you crown Jesus Christ Lord of all, you are a sovereign and not a slave, a victor and not a victim.
“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth!”
DECLARATION OF FAITH
When trouble comes, and the odds seem overwhelming, I will sing praises to my Father. This is my strength and the weapon which I silence the enemy and quiet the avenger.
God is ever-mindful of me and cares for me with unwavering diligence. He has created me to be just short of divine (Elohim; God; heavenly beings) and has crowned me with glory and honor.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’ name, Amen!