1 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. 2 You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. 3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? 5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— 7 the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, 8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. 9 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Psalm 8 begins by proclaiming the power of God and then goes on to ask an intriguing question: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” This question what is man, at its heart is asking what are we worth? Now according to evolution, man or people, are nothing more than the end product of a chance collision of molecules. Worldly wisdom would say that we came into existence as the result of an unplanned accident of nature. We could refer to this kind of thinking as going from goo to you by way of the zoo. At the core of this theory you and I are not that much different from the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, or the slug in the mud for that matter. Because we are all pretty much the result of the same purposeless interaction of atoms, thus we really have no intrinsic value. We have no value to really speak of that sets us apart from the rest of the world. Unfortunately many of us today are letting the secular instead of scripture speak into our sense of self-worth. As a result there are many whose behavior reflects their belief in a theory of chance, and they agree with the evaluation of evolution that we’re not worth very much. So they start to wonder if anybody would even miss them if they were gone or if it even matters that they exist. But the Word of God doesn’t agree with worldly wisdom because the Bible teaches that you are NOT an accident. The Bible proclaims that you were planned and that you have purpose. Your value is not based in the world, it is based in the Word of God because God doesn’t make junk. Psalm 8 not only asks the question: “what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” But it answers that question: “You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.” You see while evolution sees man as one step above the apes, Scripture sees him as one step beneath the angels. You are important to God and this is the same message that is proclaimed on the pages of the first book of the Bible, Genesis. The first book in the Bible is the foundational book of the Bible. It is the revelation of God’s will to man and explains in just a few chapters, how the human race was brought into existence through the power and personal activity of God. It reveals that the first man and woman were the objects of God’s love and special affection. They were created “in His image” (Genesis 1:26-27), and given the privilege of regular communication with Him (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:8). One man and one woman were appointed, not only as the progenitors of our race, but also custodians and caretakers over His creation. They were created with the characteristics of mind, emotions, personality, and will. They were made creative, imaginative, inventive, artistic, and capable of loving and being loved.