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Most children go through a time period of fascination with the world of wild animals. I remember my daughter and one of her friends spending hours catching insects, mostly ants, and putting them into a little screen box, then watching them with magnifing glasses. And what child (or adult) isn't pleased when a butterfly lands on a finger? You always used to see aquariums in the waiting rooms of physicians and dentists, so you could watch the fish doing nothing in particular. This has sadly been replaced by television screens where you can watch Hollywood personalities doing nothing in particular. I'll take the fish any day.
What does this have to do with Psalm 8? In Psalm 8, the man, the son of man, has been placed a little lower than the angels and has been given dominion over all nature. As this passage speaks of the role of Jesus, God the Son, it also reminds us that we have innate interest in doing what He did. Like my daughter, Jesus doubtless went through times in his youth when there was hardly anything more fascinating than to watch ants or worms. My other daughter, when we went on a vacation trip once, said her favorite thing was that she saw a duck on a pond. We could have done that free.
Jesus cares about this world, about the wildlife, and about our life. He is the one who has been given dominion over it all. How much more does he care about you than he cares about the flock of turkeys that come by my office and look in the window? He really does care about you and me in a special way. His name is majestic. And he has chosen to watch over you and see that you are all right.
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