All these creatures he either tames to his hand, or slays for his use. His fear and dread are on them all. Marred as mans dominion is, he still walks among the inferior animals with something of that awe, which, as a poet saith, “doth hedge a king.” In Adam’s innocence man’s rule of. the lower races was no doubt complete and delightful; one imagines him leaning upon a tawny lion, while a fawn frisks at the side of Eve. In the Lord Jesus, however, we see man most eminently in the place of honour, exalted in the highest. We know that the position of our Lord Jesus is a representative one for all his people, for the members are like the Head. In Jesus man is indeed “crowned with glory and honour.” It is both our duty and our privilege to rise superior to all the things of earth. We must take care to keep the world under our feet, and the creatures in their proper place. Let none of us permit the possession of any earthly creatures to be a snare unto us; we are to reign over them, and must not permit them to reign over us.
Lord, what is man, or all his race,
Who dwell so far below,
That thou shouldst visit him with grace,
And love his nature so?
That thine eternal Son should bear
To take a mortal form,
Made lower than his angels are,
To save a dying worm?
Let him be crown’d with majesty
Who bow’d his head to death;
And be his honours sounded high
By all things that have breath.
We raise our shouts, O God, to thee,
And send them to thy throne;
All glory to the united Three,
The undivided One.
Twas he, and we’ll adore his name,
That form’d us by a word;
Tis he restores our ruin’d frame:
Salvation to the Lord!