Psalms 8:4 – “What is man, that Thou dost take thought of him? And the son of man, that Thou dost care for him?” NASB
The Book of Psalms is loaded with glorious truths that excite the heart and explode in us a new sense of Spiritual Power and Spiritual Presence. When we feast at the table of the Psalms we come away with a new awareness of God’s Person, Love, Grace, and Majesty! Here in Psalms 8, we find David expressing a new infusion of Hope and a deep sense of Surety and Security for the Child of God.
I love how he begins, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth.” In a very real sense, he is saying, “Jehovah, my God, You are my sovereign Lord and Master…” In verses 1-3 he draws our attention to God in His Glory, in His Work, and in His Power.
In verse 4 he draws a contrast between God and man. Man, in comparison to God, seems so insignificant, helpless, frail, and utterly useless. God, on the other hand, is filled with glory, majesty, power, and perfection. The contrast is arresting and revealing of how dependent man is upon God, his creator to give and sustain life. Without Him, we are hopeless and helpless. In contrast to God’s Creation, David asks, “What is man?”
It is easy for man to develop a sense of his unworthiness to the point that he gives up. When we view the contrast between man and God some develop an unhealthy sense of unimportance. They allow the enemy to plant the seed that we are without worth and worthless and that leaves man without Hope. That is a terrible state to find oneself in but that is not the end of the story.
Yes, we are insignificant in comparison to God. Yes, we are without hope without God. Yes, we have sinned and come short of His glory. But, in God’s eyes, man is very important. Man is far more important to God that most can see or believe. I am convinced that one of the most needed things in the face of trial, difficulty, tribulation, or persecution is the realization that “I am important to God!” I am important enough for Him to care for me and provide for me. That is not Hopeless it is Hopeful.
I ask that you examine the Bible’s revelation of the Worth of Man to God. We will touch on the high points and move rapidly through the discussion. I hope that it will inspire you to dig deeper and meditate more on God’s View of Man.
MAN IS MORE VALUABLE THAN ALL THE CREATURES OF THE EARTH.
We need only refer to Genesis 1:26 to verify that assertion. God gave man dominion over them. None but man, of the creatures became living souls. In fact, the animals became the source of food and clothing for man. You are worth more than all the creatures of this earth to God.
MAN WAS CREATED IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD
You and I are the Reflections of God. If you will, God wants us to be the Reflection of Perfection. Are we perfect? Far from it but In Him, forgiven, and filled with His Spirit we can fulfill his decree, “Be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48). If it were not possible for us to be holy and filled with His perfection it would not be in the Bible.
THE SOUL OF MAN IS WORTH MORE THAN THE ENTIRE PLANET.
In Matthew 16:26, we read, “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” We must remember and realize that God ascribes unparalleled worth to the soul of man. That is true even in light of the reality that God knows everything about us. Knowing our warts, flaws, and the kinks in our armor, He still ascribes that worth to man. That is incredible!
MAN IS IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR GOD TO ALLOW CHRIST’S BLOOD TO BE SHED FOR US.
Consider John 3:16 and Romans 5:8 as you allow that to sin into your spirits and encourage you. He has provided a pathway for redemption and the unparalleled sacrifice at Calvary is evidence of how much God Loves us and Values us.
MAN IS IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR JESUS TO RETURN FOR US.
I ask that you reflect on John 14 and as you meditate on that portion of God’s Promise you will find a serene calming of all your fears. He is returning for those who are waiting for Him, walking after Him, and watching for Him. As we consider the provisions, He has made for us, how can we not be filled with a sense of worth and peace? You may feel inferior, unimportant, insignificant, worthless, hopeless, and helpless but God sees you as Valuable! You are worth the Blood of God to God! That is Amazing!
What have we to fear if God is for us? Why worry if God is able to do all things and is on our side? Remember who and whose you are. You are Royalty, God’s Children! Let the declaration of Matthew 10:28-31, sink deep into your being. He said, “And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 “Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
What should we do? Being praising Him for His Love and Truth. Seek His assistance and guidance in our daily walk. Come boldly before the Throne of Grace and ask His help, protection, provision, and guidance. If you are born-again you are a King’s kid and an heir of God through Jesus! I rebuke the spirit of unworthiness and helplessness right now and ask the Holy Spirit to flood you with Peace.
God bless you as you bask in His presence today!