moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful
of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a
little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou
madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all
things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the
field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever
passeth through the paths of the seas. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy
name in all the earth!
Such an arresting passage. Psalm 8:3 is read often and strikes images of nature and the world around us that God has bestowed, of providence in general. Obviously the the whole passage is a set, a paragraph if you will. But, Psalm 8:5 can give rise to questions. First in my mind, is the ranking system, lower than angels, yet above the animals as Genesis even concurs, rulers over the animal and plant kingdom, to subdue or rule over them. This part I question because of the "why?" Why does God choose to rank us so, which must be what David is thinking here. The second question is the crowned with glory and honour part. But, this leaves me with a "how" question. How so Lord? How are we crowned with glory and honour? We seem mightily plain and ordinary to me. But, that is the lesson in the passage of course. David sees what we can often fail to see. He sees how God has hand crafted us and how we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" by God. Psalm 139:14 He sees the care in the workmanship of the Potter and the position in the ranking over creation. Oh, to have eyes like David.