“Let the nations know that they are only human.”
Whether nations, people groups, or individuals humans are given to over estimate their importance, their power, and their abilities. Psalm 8 speaks of God’s role for humanity; namely, to share in God’s rule over all creation. Though humans may seem unimportant in the light of the vast cosmos, God says, I created you to participate with me in caring for, shaping, and ruling over the earth and all that is in it. Psalm 9 ends with a prayer from the Psalmist, that God remind the nations that they are only human. Humility brings balance like these two Psalms.
The sin of Adam and Eve is a failure to recognize that they are human. Even though God places humanity at the pinnacle of his creation, the desire to be God or like God, is a failure to recognize that the Creator is above the creature, and the creation is subject to the creature, by word of the Creator.
Humilty is not the denial of value and gifitedness from God, it is a proper recognition of who we are in relationship to God himself and all that he has made. Why is humility important for our living each day? How does a proper understanding of who I am as human help me to live for God and serve his purposes in his world? How might God remind me each day? How might God remind the nations that they are only human? What is the danger if I forget? If the nations forget?