Psalm 8:3-4 | The Glory of God in Creation
DAVID GOFF | June 24, 2020
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
In today’s devotion, we are going to consider The Glory of God in Creation. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that our lives are unimportant. When we have that mindset, we may say to ourselves, “I’m nothing special” or “Nobody cares for me.” But is that the case?
To help answer that question, David directs our attention to the work of God in Psalm 8:3-4. Here we see God’s glory, His power, and His creative work (especially of man). Although we are insignificant on our own, our role as image-bearers of God gives us great value.
Let’s consider two truths to help us comprehend the glory of God in creation and the value we possess in Him:
We are His special creation
Beginning in verse 3, we see David consider the glory of the Lord in the heavens. David says, “Consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers” (Psalm 8:3a). As we gaze into the sky from our earthly vantage point, we notice, “The moon and the stars, which you have ordained” (Psalm 8:3b). He thought of them and spoke them into existence. He also arranged them correctly to give day and night, seasons, and the tides of the waters.
In Psalm 19:1, it says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” As we observe God's creation, we declare His glory and are reminded of the reality of his existence. It is plain for all of humanity to see.
Yet, of all the creations of God, it is man who is his crowning jewel. God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). Although the imago Dei (image of God) is currently distorted due to our sin, when Christ returns, we will be like Him (1 John 3:2).
When we battle thoughts of inferiority, let us be reminded that we are specially created to be his image-bearers. Our purpose is to reflect His glory to the world around us. We are his special creation.
You might be thinking; it is great that we are part of God’s special creation. But, does He care for me?
God cares for us
In verse 4, David asks, “What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8:4). Despite the myriads of galaxies and the vast expanse of the heavens, the Lord nevertheless decided to set His favor and care upon you and me.
You see, the Lord knows our name (Psalm 91:14), the number of hairs on our head (Matthew 10:30), our coming and our goings (Psalm 121:8), and He has adopted us as children into his family (Ephesians 1:5). We are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
God’s care for us is astounding when we consider our bent to disobey Him. Humanity’s first representative, Adam, disobeyed, and plunged us into sin. God would have been justified in leaving us that way and letting us perish. But He didn’t!
About a thousand years after this Psalm was written, the second Adam, Jesus Christ, came to earth to live the life we would not live and die the death we should have died. It was by grace that God did this.
J. Vernon McGee said:
“He saved us by grace because we did not have anything to offer - we were not worth saving. Yet God the Son came to this earth.”
The death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ assure us of the love God has toward us. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Does He care for you? Yes, He loved you enough to give His life.
When we fall into the trap of believing that our lives are unimportant, we may say to ourselves, “I’m nothing special” or “Nobody cares for me.” But when we direct our attention to God and see our value as image-bearers, we can proclaim, like the Psalmist, “How excellent is Your name in all the earth!”
David Goff is the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church, Washington MI