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Today's topic was taken from the book of Psalm, chapter 8. The book's authorship is conventionally assigned to King David. In the chapter, he plainly saw and assessed the glory of God in all of creation, and specifically noted how the glory of man and his destiny makes God wonder about mankind, and keeps Him steadily mindful of man.

Reference: Psalm 8:4-5 New International Version (NIV)

'"what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?'' You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.'

God, our heavenly Father, always has us on His mind. 'What is mankind that you are mindful of them...?', King David thoughtfully considered. Though many of us don't often act like it, we are at the top of creation's glory. "God created mankind in His own image... male and female he created them" (Genesis 1:27 NIV). Although made in God's image and ordained to become increasingly like the God to whom they reflect, human beings still turned their backs on God.

In the book of Genesis, there was a global flood because the earth was corrupt with evil, and filled with wickedness and violence. Even though God was angry, He still used Noah, a righteous man who walked with Him, to preserve mankind. The story tells of God's decision to return the earth to its pre-creation state of watery chaos and then remake it in a reversal of creation. God planned to destroy the whole creation and the earth. Yet in His anger, He instructed Noah to build an ark, and in the process, He still repeated mankind, instead of making another species of being.

Though man's sin scarred God's image in them, His relationship with man wasn't totally annihilated, but was definitely altered. Yet even at that, God sought to completely restore His relationship with mankind through His son, Jesus Christ. He sent His only beloved Son to defeat sin on the cross and give man another opportunity to connect to Him and live eternally (see John 3:16).

According to Psalm 8:5 (NIV), we read that God made man a little lower than the angels. A 'little' lower here, literally means 'for a little while'. In other words, man is just a little lower than angels in human nature, because we are still in time and time is little, compared to eternity. Since angels are considered immortal, the psalmist evaluated human nature on earth a 'little lower' than the angels. But remember, time is short; when time is over, and eternity sets in, the saints will no longer function in earthen vessels or in bodily flesh but in glorified body (see 1 Corinthians 15:42-49 ESV); thus they will not be lower than the angels. So 'little lower' is a matter of time, not eternity.

Now tell me, 'What can be more astonishing than the well founded truth that God's mind is well directed toward man? Isaiah 49:15-16 (NIV) reads, 'Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! Why? 'Because I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.' God has engraved you on His palms. Consider the depth of this truth! 'I have engraved your person, your image, your circumstances, your desires; everything about you and all that concerns you; I have put them 'all together' here in my palms.'

As a new creation in Christ, learn to see yourself the way God sees and values you. That way, you'll live a meaningful life, in a meaningful way, thereby making a meaningful impact in your world.

Scripture Reading - Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 43:4; Jeremiah 29:11; Matthew 10:31; Luke 12:6-7; Romans 5:8.

Exuberant Declaration:

I know who I am; I'm of great worth to God. I am fearfully, wonderfully and uniquely made by God and I'm of more value than many sparrows. I'm a new creature in Christ, made alive together with Christ by grace and seated with Him in the heavenly places. I'm a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and God's own possession, displaying His excellencies, as I walk in His marvelous light. I am God's own workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works and I'm knitted together with Christ in my inner man. Glory to God!


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