“…You have set Your glory…” Psalm 8:1b
There are bookend praises to introduce and conclude this magnificent psalm: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!” (v.’s 1 & 9) His name being majestic in all the earth, His glory is displayed above the stars all the more… beyond space and time as we know them. In that place is eternal fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. Meanwhile, as we bring it back down to earth, God’s enemies are silenced by the praises of children. Even infants bring Him praise in what to us sounds like incoherent babble and translates into the purest praise from uncorrupted lips… ones who have not expressed their sin nature by rejecting God’s glory. It was the children that flocked to Jesus… so much so, that He had to direct His disciples to allow them free access to Him, saying, “Permit the little children to come to Me, and do not forbid them.” (Luke 18:16)
Still… when we do gaze up to a clear night sky, we clearly see just how small we really are and are brought to the one question seeking souls must ask: “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?” (v.4) How do we know God is mindful of us? We are made a little lower than the angels in purpose, yet crowned with glory and honor – after the manner of The One in Whose image we are created. (v.’s 5-6) In fact, no one exercised dominion over nature more than Jesus, Who directed fish (Luke 5:1-6), fowl (Luke 22:34), and over large animals (Mark 1:13; 11:1-7) The evidence is seen in all creation being under the authority and rule of humanity:
1. Through the domestication of herd animals, such as cattle and sheep. (v.7a)
2. By proper management of natural resources and wildlife. (v.7b-8)
3. In creating machines which navigate both the air and sea. (v.8)
While God has set His glory above the heavens, His likeness is clearly seen in His children, crowned with the glory of His righteousness granted through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. You see, He has set His glory upon each Believer who carry His likeness throughout the earth… bringing His kingdom to earth.
Do you ever feel insignificant? Unessential to society? Worthless? Think again, and remember God has spoken about you when He stated:
“I have set my glory”
Remember, it is the glory of Christ in YOU that is the hope of all Heaven!
God sees His glory in YOU!