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!
In Genesis chapter one we find a simple narrative of the creation of the world, and while it is simple, its scope and depth are profound. For the creation account of Genesis points to the creation of humanity as the high point of God’s creation, placing profound value of human life. You see man is the crowning work of God’s creation which is not a statement of arrogance but one of adoration. Verse 5 says “and crowned them with glory and honor” and in Ephesians 2:10 the Bible tells us that “we are God’s masterpiece.” Our problem is that either we don’t internalize this truth, or we take this truth to heart but only believe that it has bearing on us. You see there is a dangerous tendency in a corrupted culture to demonize people who aren’t like us. If we don’t apply God’s truth to everyone, we will be in danger of discriminating and demoralizing those who are different than us. We desperately need to begin with the book of Genesis so that we don’t miss the treasure of this truth not just for us but for all. As image bearers of God, we carry something of the character and nature of God. The image of God, tells us that all people, regardless of whether you like them or not are created by God with sanctity and dignity. No matter whether theist or atheist, rich or poor, African or Asian, black or white, male or female, all human beings are created in the “image” and “likeness” of God. Genesis 1:26 tells us that “God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness….'” This Scripture speaks to our significance because at every other point of creation God said, “Let there be (something),” and then it came into being and God pronounced it good. Without making any effort to plan or consider with himself what he should do, God determined that light and darkness should be, that land should be separated from water, that plants should grow on the land, and so on. But here at the apex of creation God in counsel with the trinity said ‘Let us make man in our image” We can also see how important we are to God by the way that Genesis reveals how God felt about His creation. On the first day God said “Let there be light!” and there was light. And the Bible says “and it was GOOD.” The 2nd day God created the earth’s atmosphere and then we’re told “and it was GOOD.” On day 3 God created vegetation – the trees and the grass and the shrubs and again it says “and that was GOOD.” Then on the 4th day God created the Sun, Moon and the stars and said “that was GOOD” On the 5th day God created the birds of the air and fish of the sea and He saw that “that was GOOD.” But then on the 6th day after God had created man we are told that He said “it was VERY GOOD.” Man was also distinct in that with every other part of His creation God merely spoke and they appeared. He wanted a daisy or a deer, all He had to do was speak it into existence. But when God created man He climbed down into the dust and got His hands dirty. Not only did God touch us and not just talk us into existence but He also breathed the breath of life into us. Nothing else in all of His creation involved this degree of attention, WHY? Because this part of creation was something that was made in GOD’S IMAGE. You and I are special and valuable for of all creation only we were “crowned with glory and honor” Psalm 8:5. Today don’t just let this truth touch your life but reach out and touch the life of someone else with this truth, treating them with dignity and decency.