How to know our place? God helps us be sure
By Clay Perkins
Saturday, April 28, 2018
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” — Psalm 8:9 (The Bible, New International Version)
You have got to be sure! In my hometown, there is a police report in the files that reminds us to be sure. A senior citizen came out of the local mall and noticed a group of men in the parking lot near her car. They were loud. They were rowdy. The radio was blaring. She pulled a gun out, and told them to get out of her car! Fortunately, they did. Shaken and very nervous, she got her keys out to start the car. Her key did not work. It turned out that it was not her car. You have got to be sure!
You have got to be sure! Especially when you face your giants. Goliath challenged everyone (I Samuel 17:4). David heard it (1 Samuel 17:23). David killed Goliath (1 Samuel 17:51). David celebrated (1 Samuel 18:6-7).
Many think Psalm 8 is a celebration of David’s victory over a nine-foot villain named Goliath, or perhaps other victories. As David ponders his victories in life, he is impressed with the glory of man and the glory of God. God’s glory is evident in the starry sky. Man’s glory is God-given. God crowned mankind with glory and appointed him to manage his creation.
We serve a God whose greatness “is.” It simply “is.” No wonder when Moses asks “Who shall I say is sending me,” … the answer is a simple “I am” (Exodus 3:14). God has never sought to prove himself; God is self-evident. When you gaze at the stars at night (Psalm 19:1-6), do you really think there is no God? Children just seem to know (Matthew 21:12-17). They seem to know that God “is.”
We serve a God who values us (humanity) above all creation. Why? How? With all the universes and galaxies we can see with the naked eye at night, and all we can now see with the advancement of science, it is beyond understanding that God would even notice us. But God is very clear. We are the most special of all; we are created in his image (Genesis 1:26-27). With this God-given glory, we are to oversee all the rest of his creation. We should take the best care of our planet and universe that we can. We rule. God gave rights to us humans, whom he made in his image.
However, we humans have often been confused about our priorities. In 1874, May Ellen, a nine-year-old girl, was abused and beaten, but authorities could do nothing. Child abuse laws were non-existent. Those who wanted to help finally were able to by employing laws that had been put in place years earlier by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Three years later, society began to enact laws to prevent cruelty to children. Be aware, however, that there is no false choice. Cruelty to any part of God’s creation has no place in a good society. Cruelty to animals is absolutely unacceptable.
You have got to be sure! Do you know your place? Do you know your maker? All around you is noise. God has given us a great planet inside a great universe, inside a great galaxy, inside a great ... Think of all that we have: the sunrise, the sunset, the trees for shade and for fruit, the animals to love and care for, plants and animals to feed us. You are blessed. Take care of your blessings, but make sure you worship correctly.
Whenever you post a picture in your social media, to whom do you give the credit? Do you worship the creation? When that pup with a wagging tail greets you and licks your face, do you remember who put you in charge? When you win, and you will, whom do you celebrate? Is your worship focused appropriately? You’ve got to be sure!
D. Clay Perkins is an adjunct professor at Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The opinions expressed in this column belong to the author and may not be those of MACU.