What is Man that You are Mindful of Him? (Through the Psalms)


When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him? ^Psalm 8:3-4

David is in awe of two things in this Psalm; God’s creation of nature and God’s creation of man. David, in a moment of worship and adoration has a deep personal revelation of the God of glory. As he looks up into the skies, he cannot help but realize how vast and endless the heavens are. The beauty and wisdom of nature points to God’s power and it captures his heart in worship and adoration. Thus, he confesses, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:9). 

But in the midst of God’s beautiful creation, David cannot help but realize how uniquely God created and cares for man. As powerful and magnificent as skies may look, David has a revelation of the worth and value God has put into man. “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet (Psalm 8:4; 6). 

In this confession we can see a couple things. First, David is in awe of God’s personal care for man over everything else in creation. David looks up into the skies and He realizes no matter how beautiful and majestic the skies look, God loves man more. God has a unique interest in man that cannot be compared to anything else in creation. As beautiful as the skies may look, only man has the fingerprints of God imprinted in their DNA. Second, David is overwhelmed by a sense of humility when he sees how small he is in comparison to everything else in the world. David perceives how deeply God cares for him and instead of getting arrogant and prideful, it has the opposite effect; it humbles him. God’s personal care for him humbles him so low that he says, “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?"

That is what the love of God does. It lifts us and humbles us at the same time. It lifts us to worship and adore him and yet humbles us of any pride and awe in ourselves. 

Today, you may not be able to look up into the natural skies as David was able to, but look at your lives. The things that God has done for you, may it lift you and humble you at the same time. As we stop and see how personal and intimate God has been in our lives I pray that it will draw us into a deeper love and worship towards God.

  1. How has God been moving in your lives? Stop for a moment and think where He has been present in your life.
  2. How can you like David, find a moment to respond to God? When David saw how real God was, it led him to respond in worship and God. Where and when can you also stop and give God worship? Try to find a time and and space to respond to God. 
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