Dominion Over God’s Works #1545

6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field, 8 The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. (Psalm 8:6–8, NKJV)

David’s soliloquy of praise and thanksgiving to Yahweh expanded as he considered outer space and humanity’s relation to it: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit him?” (Psalm 8:3-4) David recognized our smallness in the presence of such splendid power and expanse. Yet, he also marveled at the position of authority and responsibility God gave us over this world He created. Would that mankind would have such regard today! Instead, untold millions ignore the Creator while deifying Earth, His creation. It is all the work of God’s hands, yet He has given the world’s stewardship to us. What honor and who responsibility God has given us (Psalm 8:5)! God created the heavens and the earth to sustain life on earth so that we would honor Him as we live on it (Acts 14:15-17). We – humanity – are God’s crowning creation. We are humbled by His greatness and by the magnitude of His blessings toward us. “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:9)