In this psalm of praise, the writer marvels at God’s handiwork – at the vastness of the universe and its power to humble us as individuals. We are each but a small part of what God has created. And yet, in verse 5-6, we read, “Yet you have made them a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet.”
The psalmist takes seriously the role God has given humankind to care for God’s creation. Here, “dominion” does not indicate power over. Instead, it means responsibility to and responsibility for. We are right up there just below God in terms of responsibility and care for the natural world.
How seriously do you take your role as a steward of creation? In what ways might you do a better job of caring for the environment? How might you inspire others to be more thoughtful about creation care?
Today, make a list of five things you will do to care for God’s earth over the coming weeks.