9. Psalms of praise (Psalm 8:4)

From the wonder of God’s creative activity, David moves on to the wonder that God remembers and cares for mankind.

He says:  what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

“One commentator says concerning this question asked by David, that the psalmist is surprised by God’s interest in mankind. He says, “in view of God’s glory that has been set on the heavens, why does God preoccupy himself with mere mortals? The question is rhetorical and cannot be answered. This psalm expands our perspective to the heavens to see that God has other alternatives for his attention and delight, namely the vast and well-ordered heavens…and yet it is humankind that he is mindful of and cares for. In the midst of innumerable possibilities – as many as the stars in the heavens – God’s interest [in us] remains undistracted.” (Craig C Broyles New International Biblical Commentary – Psalms Hendrickson Publishers 1999)

Think about it. We are loved by God, the Creator of all things. He cares for you!

The we read in Psalm 113:4-9,

“The Lord is exalted over all the nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth.” Suggesting again (as I mentioned previously from Solomon’s words in 1 Kings 8:23, 27-28) that our God is even bigger than the universe in all its vastness.

But then, in stark contrast to the awesomeness of God, the psalmist speaks of the ‘poverty’ of man and the incredible truth that God “stoops down to look… [followed by] He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap [such mercy!]; he seats them with princes, with the princes of their people [such grace!]…”

This amazing truth is seen clearly in the life of Jesus. An example being the day that Jesus came down from the mountain having taught the people some incredible truths concerning the kingdom of God and in fact in Matthew 7:28-29 it says, “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority…” But if they were amazed at his teaching, the next incident would have shocked them. A man with leprosy falls down before Jesus and in great desperation cries out to him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

The psalmist asked “what is man that you are mindful of them? Human beings that you care for them?” Well, the question is a good one when we consider that man, due to sin, is just like this leper – full of disease, unclean, untouchable! But what does Jesus do? To the surprise of all, he “reached out and touched” him. The first time anyone would have touched him in years. Then Jesus said to him, “I am willing…be clean!” and immediately he was cured.

Jesus life and love for people revealed the truth of the psalms, including psalm 103, which says,

“As a Father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him…from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him.” (Psalm 103:13)

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to spend time today in thanksgiving for such an incredible truth concerning the Creator of the universe and you?

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