Who is man?


Psalm 8
For the director of music. According to gittith [a].
A psalm of David.
1 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.

2 From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise [b]
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [c]
and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:

7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Sometimes I think we forget a few things about us and God.

#1. We’re not much. The psalmist asks a good question when he queries, “Who is man?” As we are quick to run through life trumpeting our perception of unclear biblical truth, I think we would do well to remember that we bring nothing to the table and apart from God’s grace we don’t even exist. Maybe at that point we would become more gracious in our dealing with one another.

#2. We are ordained to bring praise to God. The Westminster Catechismsays it well when it says, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” We should be ever conscious of the fact that we exist to reflect His glory. With that as our guiding principle it’s quite possible that our interpersonal relationships would be handled differently.

#3. The majesty of God is both unparalleled and undefinable. There is nothing more worthy of our pursuit. The glory of God as it is expressed in our lives and also as it is expressed in the lives of those who have yet to hear and who have not heard. That pursuit should be our highest aim.

I hope you have a tremendous Tuesday! God bless!

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & (soon to be) Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainer Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

2 thoughts on “Who is man?

  1. Micah –
    Thanks for a great reminder of the awesome love and patience of God. We (or at least I) get puffed up and lose focus quite frequently!
    Charles

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