1 O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;
4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,
7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Rather popular to have two views of us, humanity.
The first is to think rather highly of ourselves. Self-aggrandizement. We do this in our daily lives, and how we ask? Ask the person who gossips so that they might feel important for having secret knowledge. Or ask the person who serves so that they might feel as if reality could function without you.
Perhaps we use people so that might benefit us? Yes, that person in your pew would make a wonderful guitar player for your ministry.
I don’t know, or you befriend a person so that they might help you with a difficulty that you’re having. And then you abandon them as soon as they’ve helped you.
Because all the world’s a stage and you’re the star?
Selfish. Nobody wants to be friends with a person like that. And neither do you.
But read what the Psalmist writes. The Psalmist writes “what are human beings that you are mindful of them”?
And why should the Lord be mindful of us? Look at the works of the stars, the moon. Why, He holds the cosmos together lest the lights be blown out and leave us in the darkness.
And yet we must be mindful that we do not fall into the second common view of self that we hold, that is, that of self-hatred. Disgust.
I’m sure you feel out of place because you’re not popular amongst your peers, friends. Or that you feel out of place because you’re too poor. Or you’re too rich.
The point is, you fail to satisfy some sort of law that you’ve imposed on yourself. So you fail, and you feel worthless.
Yet listen to what the Psalmist writes. That “we are crowned with glory and honor”.
And yet, paradoxically almost, we are given dominion over all the earth. The land, the sea, the fish, the oxen, the birds. Even the liger?
Yes, even the liger.
Of course you tell me, how is it true that we rule over all the earth? And that we are crowned with glory and honor? We have hurricanes, deaths due to deranged ducks and other deadly diseases, that we hate ourselves and we use others to make much of us, usually at the same time?
It can be, and it is, in Jesus Christ.
In Jesus Christ, God the Son, sent by the Father and empowered by the Spirit became incarnate, human, and had dominion over creation and ultimately over death as he came back from the dead.
Indeed, he let the brokenness of the creation ravage him so that he might come back from the dead by the power of the Spirit and reconcile us and the whole creation to God the Father, so that Christ might be all in all.
But what does that mean?
It means that in Jesus Christ we can understand our place. That we are sinful, but not worthless, not beyond repair. That we are needing to be reconciled to God the Father and that Jesus was made far so that we be brought close.
So then, we are humbled.
However we also learn that we have worth, because we are made in God’s image, and that because for those of us in Jesus, we become partakers of the divine image, as St. Peter once wrote in his epistle. We become more like God, and in that, we become more human. We start to have dominion over ourselves and our sinful nature.
So then, we see our dignity. We are loved by virtue of being. And God demonstrates this love in sending His Son.
And because Jesus has ascended, even know, all things (though it does not appear that way) are even now under His feet. And He will return again and set all of the cosmos right again, and all of us who are in Jesus Christ will have dominion over all of the creation as He sits at the right hand of the Father.
And all of us in Christ will be singing “O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”