God’s Care for and Over Us
Category : General
Psalm 8: 4 (KJV)
4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
It has been noted, “What claim has one so weak, and frail, and short-lived, to be remembered by time? What is there in man that entitles him to so much notice? Why has God conferred on him so signal honor? Why has he placed him over the works of his hands? Why has he made so many arrangements for his comfort? Why has he done so much to save him? He is so insignificant his life is so much like a vapor, he so soon disappears, he is so sinful and polluted, that the question may well be asked, why such honor has been conferred on him, and why such a dominion over the world has been given him.”
The thought which lies behind this text is of far deeper intensity now than when it was first uttered by the awe-stricken Psalmist. The author of this eighth Psalm could have had but a faint conception of the scale of creation compared with that at which we are now arriving. What is man in presence of the overwhelming display of creative power?
The psalmist, while he was considering the greatness and glory of the celestial bodies, thought this within himself, and so expressed it; which is to be understood, not of man in general, nor of Adam in a state of innocence; he could not be called “Enoch”, the word here used, which signifies a frail, weak, sickly mortal man; nor could he with any propriety be said to be the son of man, as in the following clause: nor of fallen man, or of Adam’s posterity, descending from him by ordinary generation; for all things are not put in subjection to them, as is hereafter said of man: but this is to be understood of the man Christ Jesus, as it is interpreted in Hebrews 2:6; or of that individual of human nature which Christ assumed. The name of “the son of man” is the name of the Messiah, in Psalm 80:17; and is often given to Christ, and used by him of himself in the New Testament. And this visiting of him is not to be understood in a way of wrath, though he was so visited by God, when he bore the chastisements of his people; but in a way of favor, by bestowing upon him without measure the gifts and graces of his Spirit; by affording him his gracious presence, and tilling him with spiritual peace and joy.
What amazes the psalmist and pertains to us, is that the majestic God cares for this speck called man and is mindful of him. It seems inconceivable that God — the incomparable, omnipotent God Who has made the heavens and the earth — should be concerned with man. Yet He is. And that is why we are gathered together today — to remember the Lord’s blessings and mercies and to offer thanks to Him.
God is mindful of man. “Mindful” is a covenant word. God doesn’t forget man. Rather, He eternally remembers man. He remembers the covenant He has established with Adam, with Abraham, and with all their descendants. Because God is “mindful,” He gave Abraham a promised son. Because God is “mindful,” He brought Israel out of Egypt and into Canaan. Because God is “mindful” He brought Israel back from the Exile. Because God is “mindful,” He fulfilled His promise to David of a Son Who would sit on his throne forever. Because God is “mindful,” He sent His only begotten Son into the world, not to condemn the world but to save the world through Him (Jn.3:17).
Let us also remember that because God is “mindful,” He forgives us our sins by the blood of Christ. Because God is “mindful,” He has given us the present realities of salvation: planting new life within us, converting us, leading us to repentance and faith, uniting us to Christ, sanctifying us, forging us into the communion of saints. Because God is “mindful,” we can rest assured that He will bring to fulfillment all the beautiful promises He has given us about the future life: a new and better life in a new and better body on a new and better earth.
Have a great and God filled day!