Last week we began to look at several of my favorite passages in Psalms and how they relate to spiritual growth. We started looking at Psalm 1. Another Psalm that is especially meaningful is Psalm 8. Biblical scholars believe that David wrote this Psalm shortly after defeating Goliath. We can only imagine the emotions he felt that would express themselves in praise and adoration to God who had given him favor as he defeated Goliath and helped to preserve a nation. Consider Psalm 8:3-5. 3 When I observe your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which you set in place, 4 what is a human being that you remember him, a son of man that you look after him? 5 You made him little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:3-5, CSB) As David gazes at the night sky, he can’t help but wonder how the God of the universe who created the world and everything in it, could desire a relationship with mankind. 3 When I observe your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you set in place, 4 what is a human being that you remember him, a son of man that you look after him? (Psalm 8:3-4, CSB) David is amazed by God’s love toward mankind, and he points out that mankind is the crown of God’s creation. Notice verses 5 and 6: 5 You made him little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: (Psalm 8:5-6, CSB) This goes along with what the Bible says in Genesis 1:27; 27 So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female. (Genesis 1:27, CSB) Because we were created in God’s image, His design for man was that he live under God’s authority, reflect His glory, and be in constant fellowship with Him. Because of sin, man chose to live independent from God, creating a rift between us. But because of the gospel, we can once again live as God intended—in fellowship with Him. Knowing God’s design for man a growing disciple must ask himself the following questions:
- Am I living under the rule and reign of King Jesus?
- Do I reflect His glory?
- Am I perusing Him and making opportunity for times of rich fellowship with God around His Word?