What is man that You are mindful of him?
The Bible describes King David as a man after God’s own heart. (See I Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22) We all know David wasn’t perfect, he was flawed just like the rest of us. However, David was a worshipper, and David developed a close and intimate relationship with God. He was a recipient of mercy, favor, and compassion, even under the old covenant, prior to the dispensation of grace.
In Psalm 8, David had a little conversation with God. He basically said, God, I know You’re out there; I believe You created all things, and You love me; but God, I just have to be honest… “When I consider the heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars and everything else You put in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)
David seems to be somewhat overwhelmed; he’s having a difficult time maintaining his perspective and grasping his purpose. It appears as though (at least to me) David concluded his existence was insignificant and irrelevant. Ever feel that way? Ever ponder the words of Psalm 19 and wonder where you fit in all this?
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
and night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their word to the ends of the world.
Truth is, it’s impossible to escape the majesty and beauty of God’s handiwork. The plan is brilliant, the design flawless, and the wisdom displayed is beyond comprehension. But, when you begin to understand and embrace the love of God, that’s when you learn the heavens and earth can’t even begin to compare with the creation of the human race. Mankind is by far God’s grandest masterpiece, and we have been “crowned with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:5)
Bottom line, everything God created, everything He spoke into existence… everything good… as far as the eye can see… it was all for us.
If my memory serves me right, it was about 20 to 25 years ago when I began to notice the changing landscape of the American suburb. Overnight it seemed people were no longer interested in building what I would describe as a normal-size house. Due to the shift in demand, general contractors were compelled to create luxury homes and trophy mansions. I’m talking 3,000 to 4,000 square foot homes with towering foyers, gourmet kitchens, great rooms, media rooms, game rooms, and guest rooms.
Standard equipment for these homes included three- and four-car garages, the workshop, the workout gym, home office space, an in-ground pool, a green house, and a dog house. Not to mention the enormous master bathroom with a private, built-in jacuzzi.
These homes were not just popping up in filthy rich neighborhoods, it was happening everywhere. And each new blueprint and floor plan represented someone’s dream. First the ground was cleared and the footings poured. The wooden frame of the house was nailed into place by the rough carpenter. The masonry work came next, then the windows, doors, and roof. One by one all of the skilled tradesmen showed up, working their magic. The utility companies connected water, gas, and electricity. A driveway was poured, sod laid, shrubs and flowers planted, and just like that… a mansion appeared.
However, what made that house a home, what transformed the dream into reality is when people occupied the house—when a moving truck pulled away from the curb having delivered all the furnishings, materials, and goods necessary to live. Nobody builds a house just to build it. There’s a purpose, a plan, and destination. A house is built... to live in.
That’s precisely what God had in mind when He fashioned the heavens and earth—the sun, moon, and stars. This is God’s dream house, His trophy-mansion, and He designed it with one purpose in mind. God created the world for people to live in. People like you and me. Fact is, without the human race to occupy the work of God’s hands, this brilliant and awesome work around us would all be in vain.
And to take it one step further… in the very beginning, when God put all this together, He had you in mind. That’s right…YOU! You are not insignificant, you are important, remarkable, and relevant.
Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT
Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.