Psalm 8 is about the Glory of God in creation. “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens”. His name is majestic above all the earth. His glory shines forth in creation all around us. David begins the chapter recognizing the covenant name of our God as well as the position God has with His people. The translation of the opening four words is something along the lines of ‘Our God is our Master’. God is God, and He alone is in control and worthy of our praise!
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him”? David realizes the importance of merely pondering the glory of God’s creation. That’s really all we can do, as we are unable to truly understand the magnitude and power of His vast and wonderful universe. With the naked eye, one can see about 5,000 stars. With a four-inch telescope one can see about 2 million stars. With a 200-inch mirror of a great observatory, one can see more than a billion stars. The universe is so big that if one were to travel at the speed of light, it would take 40 billion years. Considering the heavens makes us see the greatness of God.
David calls out the relative insignificance and puniness of man. We are not even a blip on the radar when compared to the vastness of God’s universe. And yet, as David describes God’s creation, he calls it a work of God’s fingers. It wasn’t a big challenge to God. He wonders why God is even mindful of us little beings in His great big Creation. Yet it is because God loves us, and has created each of us uniquely and on purpose. We don’t deserve or demand God know us. We are blessed by the reality that He not only knows, but also loves us.
God chose to give man a special place in His creation. A little lower than the angels, and definitely lower than God although it seems we struggle to keep that in right perspective. God has given us dominion over much of what God created. He has entrusted us to care for “the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet”. God expects us to care for what He has placed on this planet, and it is a great tragedy when man is captured and held in bondage by the things of this world. We are to be the caretakers of God’s creation, a high and worthy destiny!