God's Excellent Name Revealed Through Creation
Psalms 8 is a hymn of praise that exalts the creation of God. It praises God’s excellent name (His character) and how His character is revealed through His created works.
In Psalms 8:3-8 David addresses the place God has given man. In verse three David is comparing the vast size and scope of God’s great creation with the relative smallness of man. In verse four he wants to know how it is that WE compare with this greatness, and why is it that God would be mindful of us and would visit us (with His care, favor, and attention). When it may seem like humans are insignificant in the scheme of things this passage, which is a commentary on Genesis 1:26-28 answers the question and reveals that WE are the THEME of the creation of this world, and that God values us ABOVE all that He created and this is why He gave us dominion over the works of His hands. “3)When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4)What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visiteth him? 5)For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6)Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet. 7)All sheep and oxen, yea, and all the beasts of the field; 8)The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.” Psalms 8:3-8.
We are on a much higher level than animals, and are actually functionally closer to God than angels and in the end will be exalted above the angels. Man is the crowning work of God’s creation, and we were given power by God to reign over His kingdom, not the angels, not the animals. In the end the Bible says, “Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.” Isaiah 62:3.
“He [man] was placed, as God’s representative, over the lower orders of being. They cannot understand or acknowledge the sovereignty of God, yet they were made capable of loving and serving man. The psalmist says, “Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet:..the beasts of the field; the fowl of the air,…and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.” Psalm 8:6-8.” PP 45.1
“The worth of man is known only by going to Calvary. In the mystery of the cross of Christ we can place an estimate upon man.” 2T 634, 635.
God created all things on this earth for His pleasure, but He really created all things for us; to sustain us, provide for us, and bring us happiness. Who wouldn’t want to serve a God like this?