Pastor’s Meditation May 2020
A happy May to everyone. As I write these words, I’m like all of you, waiting for life, business, work, etc., to start resuming. Continuing to pray for health care workers, families that are dealing with loss, and people that need to get back to work.
When I was thinking about what to write for May, I stumbled across an article online that talked about an exhibit at the London Zoo. Back in 2005 the zoo had a temporary, special exhibit called “Humans in Their Natural Environment. There were exhibits of live people doing different things, with signs giving information about diet, habitat, & threats. It was the same information you would read about animals in the zoo, except it dealt with humans. One of the reasons for the exhibit was to downplay the uniqueness of human beings. One of the participants was quoted as saying, “When you see humans as animals, the idea is that we’re not that special.”
This mindset stands in stark opposition to what the Bible teaches. God’s word says in Psalm 139 that human beings are fearfully and wonderfully made. Genesis 1:26-27 says that God has made us in his image. I think that teaches pretty clearly that we’re special.
David began Psalm 139 by celebrating God’s intimate knowledge of him and the reality of God’s all-encompassing presence in David’s life. God not only formed the intricacies of David’s internal & external features, but God made him a living soul. God gave all of his human creation a spiritual life and the ability to be in intimate relationship with God. When you take the time to think about God’s handiwork, you can’t help but be awed.
Human beings are special. God created us with marvelous uniqueness and the awesome ability to have an intimate relationship with Him. Like David did in Psalm 139, we can praise God because we’re the workmanship of His loving hands.