God Thinks of Even Us | Psalm 8:3–4
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
The psalmist lived without light pollution from modern cities obscuring the majestic view of the heavens. Even with telescopes floating in space, we’ve gained but a modicum of understanding as to its enormity. All we can say is Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” The stars above prod praise, fear, and awe within our hearts (33:6–9).
Other descriptions of creation include God speaking the universe into existence with the breath of His mouth (Gn 1; Ps 33:6) and calling it the work of His hands (cf. Ps 102:25). David emphasizes the power of God by stating the universe was created with the same ease as one who draws in the sand. These are all anthropomorphisms, a poetic device not saying that God has a literal mouth or hands or fingers that performed His wonders, but are a means for us to understand His work.
Considering His wonders and breadth of His creation, what’s incredible is that God considers man. The earth is hardly a grain of sand in the ocean of space, and human beings hardly microbes clinging to that grain. Yet, God saved man for the final day of creation in Genesis 1, and then gave him dominion over the earth in v. 28—even though He knew man would fall in Genesis 3 and that you’d commit all that sins that you have. The first term for “man” in v. 4 enosh, which denotes weakness (cf. Pss 90:3a; 103:15); we’re but specks, far below God’s ways (Is 55:9), and yet, God is mindful of us.
So much so does God think about us that God the Son came down and became incarnate or “in-fleshed.” Consider what we could translate here “a son of Adam.” David refers to all human beings, but it also looks forward to Jesus Christ (cf. Dn 7:13). He humiliated Himself (Phil 2:5–8), literally gaining hands and feet to be nailed to a cross for the sins for you who places faith in Him—truly a staggering thought!