What Is Man?

English: The Milky Way galaxy as seen in Earth...

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Psalm 8:3-4 says “3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Here is only a small section of psalm 8, if I could I would have written out the whole chapter but for sake of time I just want to focus on these verses.

I can imagine David as he is writing this. I imagine it’s a clear, warm night; David sits alone on his balcony gazing up at the innumerable stars and all their beauty. The moon shines brightly in the night sky, reflecting the glory of God. He stares and considers the heavens, the very work of God, how beautifully the moon and stars shine which He has set in place. He is captivated by their gleam and awes at the mighty creating power of God. As he admires the night a small movement in the corner of his eye steals his attention. An old homeless man shuffles down an alleyway. David watches him as he disappears into the night. Looking back up at the sky David asks God “what is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?” David wonders what is so special about man. In the vast night sky littered with shining stars which God spoke into being, what is man in comparison? How can God with such creative power be so taken with man. What is he compared to the beauty of creation. God doesn’t just think about us a little bit though, David said He is mindful. God’s mind is literally full of thoughts for us. He goes on to ask why God would even visit us. David sees the sin of man. He sees the falling morality of the people; but yet God still visits us. David knows that without Him there would be nothing in the soul of man apart from darkness and sin, but God visits us to show us the path to righteousness.

Tonight I ask that you look up to the sky. Look up and consider the beauty of the stars and of the moon. Drink in the glory and majesty displayed in the heavens and ask yourself, what am I, that God thinks of me? Observe His beauty and know that Gods love for us is more beautiful than the brightest night sky. Praise God tonight that He takes the time to visit you. – A.


Posted on August 18, 2012, in Andrew's Thoughts for the Day and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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