Dr. Gene Miller – “A Psalm of Creation”

January 17, 2014

“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.  When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.  You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under theirfeet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.  Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” – Psalm 8

Each of us has experienced a certain awe gazing at the vast universe on a starry night.  We feel our smallness in the midst of such majesty.  Yet the core of this psalm centers on humankind, God’s special creation.  The phrase, “a little lower than God,” poetically resembles Genesis 1:27-28 in its description of man and woman “in God’s likeness, in God’s image.”  Indeed, God has created us humans like himself, to have personhood capable of deeply meaningful relationships.  The poet is astounded that God is “mindful” of us (meaning he knows us intimately) and “cares” for us (meaning he has tender compassion for us).  We discover why we are here on this planet when we realize that God has created us so that we might experience an intimate communion with one another and with him.

CORNERSTONE:  Scripture

- Dr. Gene Miller, Professor of Christian Studies & Philosophy

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