A Respect For God’s Handiwork

In addition to Mt. Rushmore, one of Gutzin Borglum’s great works as a sculptor is the head of Lincoln in the Capitol at Washington. He cut it from a large, square block of stone in his studio. One day, when the face of Lincoln was just becoming recognizable out of the stone, a yo … More

Creation

In this Psalm David rejoiced in God’s creation and the fact that the God of heaven, whose name is “excellent”, should use people to rule the earth (vv. 1,9). It shows that God’s glory is more than a theological concept; it is also linked to an emotional component called joy. It reminds us that to glorify God is to enjoy Him. It is thought that David wrote this psalm soon after he killed Goliath and it was sung perhaps before King Saul to subdue the demon that flared from his jealous eye. When Goliath saw the Hebrews were sending a young shepherd boy against him he “cursed David by his gods.” David replied, “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield:  but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts” (I Samuel 17:45). The Lord’s name is excellent in the earth and a glory set above the heavens. To respect God’s handiwork, we must compare ourselves to His greatness (vv. 1-3).

The psalmist considers the heavens (vv. 3-8). David was a shepherd boy and no doubt had watched the stars night after night and knew that God had created them, counted them and called them by their names. He could not help but ask, “What is man, that thou are mindful of him” (v. 4)?  He goes on to say that we are “a little lower than the angels” (v. 5); not “a little higher than the beasts” as Charles Darwin and his followers would have us believe. Man was made by a direct act of God, and made in the image and likeness of God. Why live like a slave when you can live like a sovereign? That the sovereign of the universe desires a close relationship with me is almost beyond comprehension.

Application

Because God has declared how valuable we are to Him, I can be set free from feelings of worthlessness. However, with great value comes great responsibility.

Psalms 8:1-9 (English Standard Version)

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 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, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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