Read Psalm 144
Focus on verse 3
What does it mean to be human? Is it merely that we are the most highly evolved mammal or is there something more that separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom? From a purely biological and anatomical perspective our bodies have much in common with other animals particularly some of the primates. We also exhibit some similarities behaviorally though it would seem humans tend to exhibit more cruelty to one another than most animals do. Humans also have the capacity to be much more civil, kind and gentle than any other mammals in the animal kingdom.
The psalmist writes, “O Lord, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him?” If man is simply the most highly evolved mammal of the animal kingdom and nothing more, why does God regard us differently than the other animals? Why does the natural order of things tend to support what the scripture says about man having dominion over the rest of creation?
Why would God, if He exists as I suspect He does, regard humans as different than the rest of the animals. Could it be that humans in our male and female form are the only creatures that God created in His own image? Could it be that this divine image is the part of us that is eternal? There seems to be a sense within most humans that there is something beyond this physical life that we have. Relatively few humans hold to the view that this life is all there is. What is it within us that motivates us to search for meaning beyond this life? Why is it that so many people find what they are seeking when they make a meaningful divine connection? As I have observed human behavior, my own included, it would seem that as we search for purpose in in our lives, we try to fill the vacancy we feel within us with all kinds of things that the world around us offers. We try to find meaning in things like money, sex and power, but none of it seems to fill the void for more than a short time. It is only when we repent of our rebellion against God and find forgiveness and reconciliation in establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit of God to fill us, that the emptiness inside us is finally satisfied. Then we can say with the psalmist “Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!” (v. 15) and really mean it.