March 2, 2009 Ration

Psalm 8:6

“You have given [man] dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet….”


There is a governance that God has given man over the works of His hands. He has put “all things” in this earth under man’s rule and charge. Artists, we have a mandate to take dominion over what we have been given dominion.

The Psalmist lists the sheep, oxen, beasts of the field, birds of the heavens, fish of the sea, whatever passes along the seas’ paths (v. 7-8) as all being under the dominion of man by the desire and adjudication of God. “The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. As I gave you the green plants, I give you everything” (Genesis 9:2-3). In Genesis 2:28 God tells Adam and Eve to “…subdue [the earth]….”

Are these not charges from God to man like charges from a Father to a son, an Owner to a keeper, a Master to a servant (Matthew 25)? God, who is the Creator/Owner of everything, has given man the position of governor and developer of the works of His hands when He gives the charge to take dominion and subdue.

So artists, how are we doing in the dominance and subduing of what has been given to us? We have been entrusted with expression, amongst other things. This is not terrorist or dictator work. We have an authority above us to whom we will give account. This is servant, keeper, guardian, and developer work. The things of the created order, of which we are one, are the works of God’s hand. They are His. We are His. We have been entrusted and charged with dominion, most specifically, of the affection and expression of the heart.

Are we slackers? Are we negligent? Are we fritterers? Are we embezzlers? Are we careless? Are we loose? Are we bribable? Are we extortioners? Are we working the grounds of artistic expression as our Master expects us? The Master will come one day and ask for our account of how we tended His work. Who wants to hear, “You wicked and slothful servant! Depart from me.” (Matthew 25)?

This governance over the works of God’s hands should not prove to be grievous and troublesome, but inspiring and delectable! They are the works of the hands of God, after all! How do you hear “take dominion” then: dig a hole, or, find the gold? One results in excuses and evasion, while the other breeds fulfillment and return.

We are not given the skills of artistry to campaign against our Master as we enjoy the works of His hands. The works of His hands are given to us for our joy in our Master in the tending of what is His.

Artists, God has given you dominion over the works of His hands. Take dominion, then, as one who will give account to Him.

Jason Harms


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