Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 8:4-5
“What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty!” – Psalm 8:4-5
I am sure that most Christians have heard this verse at least once. This is believed by most scholars to have been written by King David. He is kneeling in humility before God and asking the questions in this verse.
First, let us look at what caused him to pray this prayer. “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained;” Psalm 8:3. David has looked up into the heavens, sees the moon and the uncountable multitude of stars, and He attributes them to God. He does not see this as a universe that either, naturally came out of nothing, or as an infinite universe that has no beginning. (If you would like information regarding the universe coming into existence without God, do not hesitate to email me at [email protected].)
Because of David’s awe of God’s amazing creation, he asked the question of why we are so important to God that He cares for us. For you made Him a little lower than God. The Hebrew for God here is “Elohim”, which is the plural for El, which is God and refers to a triune being, not many gods. I see this as us being created in His image. For God said, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’” Genesis 1:26 We rule down here over all living things and have authority over them. Compare with verse 6, “You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,” Psalm 8:6. Therefore, we were made in His image and given authority.
Do we look up into the heavens and gaze in awe of God and His creation? Do we come before Him in humility knowing how much lower we are, especially because of our rebellion? Are we humbled by the fact that God sent His very Son who “…humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” for our sake? Philippians 2:8b I sometimes look at myself and wonder why He cares about me. Then I remember His love and grace. And that says everything.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.