Only Man Walks Upright: A Christmas Meditation

The heavens and stars have long fascinated humanity with their beauty and mystery. For they speak of something higher and greater than ourselves. The wise men were just such star gazers, in search of such greatness: a king, and a great one. But how much did these astrologers, worshiping gods who are not God, really see and understand?

They, as humanity always has, were searching for something bigger, higher, and greater than themselves.

The starry heavens, in fact, so awestruck David with God’s glory and majesty that he inquired: “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”

 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, (Psalm 8:1-3).

And the answer lies in the fact that God made us different from the animals, and above them.

I love the way the Matthew Henry Commentary puts it. He points out that man is the only creature who thinks of these things. We are the only earthly beings who — when looking up at the sun, moon, and stars — can see in them God’s glory and majesty. And this is something to keep in mind when dealing with people.

No matter how disinterested in spiritual things they seem, human beings always looks up.

We alone, of all beings, walk totally upright, looking toward heaven. The animals, by their very form, look down, toward earth. As earth creatures, even their head hangs down toward earth.

But God made us with a heavenward stance, looking up toward something higher and greater than ourselves. Toward our Maker.

Created in God’s image, and made for higher things, lesser things will never totally satisfy us. God made us for a higher walk. Made for greater things than being mere earthbound creatures!

So are you looking up, remembering to live in an upright way – living with character, virtue, and integrity?

[Image taken in our area ©TheScorziellos-Mario]

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