In my last blog that I posted, I wrote about how on occasion I am aware of how small I am in the vastness of creation among the 7.28 billion people in this world, and in light of eternity – like a grain of sand.
King David, in Psalm 8 asks, “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”
He asks this in the context of the vastness of the constellations in the sky and of God’s majesty – in all the created splendor…what is man that he is so important to God?
“Yet”, David writes:
“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.”
So while on occasion I feel so tiny in this vast universe, the reality is that God has made man just a little lower than the heavenly beings. Elsewhere in the Bible we read that mankind was made in God’s image.
If you have ever wondered at the creativity and ingenuity of mankind, the amazing inventions (I still marvel at the telephone, being able to speak to someone halfway across the world), not to mention advanced medical procedures, the capacity to create beautiful art, music, choreography, culinary wonders – it all makes sense in the light of these verses.
I – you – we are not simply grains of sand, nor simply a whole bunch of cells, but we are beings made in the image of God, just a little lower than the heavenly beings, endowed with creativity and intelligence.
There are two responses to this:
I believe the correct response is King David’s – to acknowledge and worship God: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
Another response, which I believe is a harmful one, is described in the first chapter of Romans:
” For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools… they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…” (Romans 1: 21, 23,)
So, fellow human beings who are not actually grains of sand but people made in God’s image, people endowed with creativity and intelligence, I encourage you to marvel with me at the wonders of creation, including mankind, and say,
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
I am including a link to a beautiful song in Hebrew (but showing the English words) called “Adon Olam”, meaning “Eternal Lord” or “Sovereign of the Universe,” which really fits this theme: