Read Psalm 8. 1O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, 7all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
What is man?
The question is simple yet profound. Rhetorical yet searching. Why do we exist? What is the meaning of our lives? Why should God care for us? Certainly God does not need us. The heavens adequately declare his glory. The heavenly beings serve him. So why man? Amongst all of God’s creation only man can even ask such a question. Only mankind ponders his own existence.
What is man? The question is only satisfactorily answered by the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus became THE man. The man to whom all dominion will be given by the Father, even dominion over death itself. The man that is crowned with glory and honor, seated at the right hand of God as the human ruler of the universe. But only after being crowned with the thorns of humiliation and shame at the cross.
To live is Christ is to have restored glory and honor, dominion and authority through Christ. But mostly it is to have a restored relationship with God, the God who is mindful of us and cares for us, just as he does the man Jesus.
Prayer. O Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Jesus, you have dominion over all things in the universe. Rule my heart today.
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