Daily Devotions: June 8, 2017

Psalm 8:5-9

“Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.” vs. 5

Occasionally, in a moment of embarrassment or guilt, the phrase, “Well, I’m only human,” slips from our lips. It’s meant to be an excuse for poor behavior, as though nothing better can be expected from folks who have barely made it past the bottom rung of evolution. The psalmist would call such talk a slap in the face of God. In his estimation, there could be nothing better in all creation than to be a human being. “Only human?” he would say, “The only thing higher than human is God…and surely you weren’t thinking you should be God?” Now it is true that we humans do some pretty horrendous things in our inept ways of exercising dominion. We’ve perpetrated genocides, built mind-boggling weapons of destruction, and may now be on the verge of destroying civilization. Our record isn’t anything to write home about nor does it deserve letters of commendation. But the fault isn’t our humanity! As humans we are the crown of creation and capable of the most incredible deeds of glory and honor. We have been made exceedingly well and God is rightfully proud of us…we are indeed “very good.” Occasionally we’ll catch a glimpse of that potential in ourselves and in others, and it’s enough to bring tears to our eyes. We can bring such beauty and delight to our world, and when we experience that goodness it’s enough to make us have hope for the future. We can be the people God has made us to be!

Thought for the Day: Why do humans want to be God?

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