What is Man?

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,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 8:3-4

 

If David only knew the half of it!

If David had some grasp of the size of the universe, if he had some notion that there are billions of galaxies and each contains billions of stars, if he had some knowledge of the dizzying distances between the stars, how much more he would be amazed!

God is so big. He is not like we are. He is fundamentally Other. He is without limits. Infinite. He can hang the sun in the sky!

God is so big. But is he too big? Is he so big that he could not possibly care about me? David wondered:

What is man that you are mindful of him,
      and the son of man that you care for him? (8:4)

God, do you really care about humans? Do you notice these sometimes odd creatures on this tiny backwater planet in the Milky Way galaxy? God, are you mindful of me?

David doesn't stop there. Inspired by the Spirit of God, he goes on:

Yet you have made him a little lower

           than the heavenly beings

     and crowned him with glory and honor. (8:5)

 

You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
      you have put all things under his feet. (8:6)

Yes God! Yes! You do care! You have bestowed dignity upon us, majesty, authority, greatness. You have made us just a little lower than the angels. You have crowned us with glory, with honor. You have given us authority over the earth, over the animals, over the birds, over the fish. Compared to God, we may seem oh, so small. For indeed we are.

But we are imagebearers. We bear the image of Almighty God. We reflect his glory. He has set eternity in our hearts. We will live forever. We have glory and honor, dignity and value.

What is man? We mean the world to God. So much so, that his own Eternal Son would die on a cross to save us.

Glory!