9 O Lord, our Sovereign,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8:9 repeats 8:1. Repetition connotes importance. This is a vital point for HP and at least half the vital point relates to the nature of the earth. The earth reveals the majesty of God.

Richard Rohr calls creation “the first Bible.” I think HP would agree, as would the apostle Paul who affirmed that 

Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. (Romans 1:20)

Creation is revelation. The true nature of life can be seen in the beauty and magnificence brought into existence by its Source. When HP looks at creation he sees wonder and majesty and is moved to utter words of praise.

Back in 8:6 HP used the word “dominion” to describe the human relationship to creation. The Hebrew word is masal; it has been the cause of inordinate damage in the relationship between humans and the created world.

However, the role of “dominion” entrusted to human beings is safeguarded when understood within the context of the fact that human beings are created in the “image” and “likeness” of God.  Human “dominion” is similar to God’s “dominion.” 
God’s “dominion” is never domination.  God’s “dominion” always aims for life-giving benefits for all creation.  For Jesus “dominion” meant self-sacrificial service for the well-being of the other (Mark 19:43-45).

Human “dominion”, like the image of God as “sovereign” or “lord” must always be viewed through the lens of God’s aim to bring about the flourishing of all creation. The prophet Isaiah articulates this vision in chapter 35 when he says,

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus 
2it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.
(Isaiah 35:1,2)

It is only in this context of the ability of all creation to “flourish”/“blossom” that God’s “glory” and “majesty” can be perceived.

How do I support the flourishing of all life?

Lord, help me to perceive your “glory” and “majesty” in the created world and to live in harmony with your creation.