"A Little Lower Than The Angels"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 209

Context: In contemplating man's position in relationship to God and the universe which He has created, the psalmist considers man to be a king, ruling over the earth with the power delegated to him by the Creator. In view of the majesty of God and the intricacy of the creation of the heavens, how is it possible that God watches over or tends to man as a parent responsible for his offspring? Man, in God's scale of creation, is, however, only a little below a Supreme Being, a king who is invested with splendor and dignity. God has given him a sovereignty so complete over everything which He has made that man, figuratively, can walk upon all of God's creations. After speaking of man's exalted situation, the psalmist echoes his initial praise of the excellency of God:

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For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: . . .
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

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