“What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty” (Psalm 8:4-5)!
The words of the psalmist are but another affirmation of those offered by the writer of Genesis; that we are created in the image of God. The implications of this are multi-fold. As the crown of God’s created order, there is a separation between us and the animals of the field. We are not bound by instincts and genetic predisposition. We are freewill moral beings that make determinant choices for our lives. Also, that we are to have dominion over the rest of creation is not a license for abuse and exploitation but, rather, the obligation of care and responsibility. And, finally, though we are the crown of his creation, we are under God’s authority. The crown is never on the head of the creature but always the Creator.