Psalm 8 only contains nine verses, but it is very profound and speaks to a core doctrinal truth of God's sovereignty and transcendence. That is, God has made everything, is over everything, and needs nothing of His creation to sustain Himself.
I absolutely love the contrast in this passage between God's greatness and man's insignificance. David paints quite the picture for us of man's lack of qualification to fellowship with God when he states "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? ..." Basically, David is telling us how unworthy man is to have conversation and fellowship with God, and he is absolutely right. And to further the contrast between God and man, the Psalm begins and ends with the same statement, "O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! ..." We just aren't good enough, in and of ourselves, for it to make sense for God to even take the time to acknowledge us.
But the part that amazes me is that God chooses to acknowledge us. He decides to be mindful of man. He considers man and then gives him honor and the privilege to serve Him. That is incredible! God considered man and all of his frailties, insecurities, and problems and still chose to acknowledge him.
And the story gets better. You and I know that beyond even just being acknowledged by the Creator God, we were sought out by Him in a personal relationship. God didn't owe it to man to create him or even give him a second thought once he was created. But God went so much further beyond that and decided to seek man out after he betrayed the very God that gave him so much.
I know you know all of this, but I want to ask you to seriously consider these thoughts today. You and I aren't worthy of God even giving us a thought, but He chose to seek out mankind in redemption by offering His Son, Jesus Christ, for us. How do you go from being unworthy of even being thought about to having the Creator's Son die for you? It is all because of Him. He loved us. And that is just one of the many reasons that His name is excellent in the earth and worthy of praise.
Have you praised Him today?
Written by Corey Knopf