God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Dignity

Psalm 8:4-6 KJV

[4] What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? [5] For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. [6] Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

If we see God’s sovereignty as a violation of man’s autonomy, then it will be a cause for stumbling; but if we see it as a vindication of man’s dignity, it will be a cause for rejoicing.

God’s glory is bound up with his free, merciful, and gracious exaltation of man, and towards this end he will exercise his sovereignty. He even went to the extent of doing the unthinkable: becoming man himself in the person of Jesus Christ in order to die for man so that the image of God in man might be restored. In himself man is nothing; he is but “from dust to dust.” But in Christ he is a little lower than God (NASB), crowned with glory and honor.