Psalm 8 “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? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.”
This morning my 2 year old son Ryan revealed he knows what a stop sign is. Ryan loves to run laps around the inside of our house and this morning he would randomly stop running and say “Stop sign.” After pausing a second or two he would then go back to running. Our lives could use some “theological” stop signs couldn’t they? We could use times in life where we just stop for a moment to look around and see. This Psalm is a stop sign Psalm. The Psalmist has ceased for a moment to consider the grandeur of God and His creation. Once he has done that he is struck by the fact that the One who created everything thinks highly of him!
God has visited us and crowned us with glory and honor. In the creation account mankind is the difference between “good” and “very good.” He also gave us dominion over this entire world in creating us. Tragically, sin has marred the appropriate view man is to have of himself and this world. In creation we were not subject to anything but God, but in our fallen state we can become subject to everything but God. Let me ask you something, does your life schedule have dominion over you or do you have dominion over your life schedule? God has not designed you to sink in the quicksand of busyness but to exercise self-control and to overcome. Let me give you God’s organizational chart for decision making and priorities in this world:
Consider this Psalm a theological stop sign that is designed to cause us to stop, look around, and be reminded of just how God designed us to function in this world. Then go back to running if you must; but this time run with dominion purpose!