PSALM 8: DOES GOD CARE ABOUT ME?
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
PSALM 8:4, NIV
Does God care about me? Does God care about a suffering, dying, violent, cruel world?
Psalm 8 asks this question then gives one more piece of the long-playing answer of Scripture.
HINT: the long-playing answer in Scripture is yes, God cares. Specifically the psalms is that God does care about you and me, the world in all it's deep problems, suffering, dying, violence, and cruelty.
Psalm 8 moves from the opening exclamation of God's majesty -- and by the way, that's where the psalms are going, from David caterwauling about his own kingdom and sovereignty to a deep realization that he's not really king, that the true King Jesus is the coming Messiah, that God has always been the True One King.
The psalms move in the same direction as all of Scripture, as the Genesis story, from God enthroned, to humans trying to take the throne, complaining all the while about others usurping and violence against them, excuses, to realizing again that God rules all the earth.
This psalm realizes this progression, stops mid-psalm to ask why God even takes thought of humanity, ponders how God put Adam and all humanity in charge of creation, then returns to the opening statement. O Yahweh, Elohim, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!
Find a song on your music service that is crafted out of psalm 8 and listen to it. I'm listening now to this song by Keith Green but updated after Green's death by Darlene Zschech.
Hallelujah Lord our Lord, how I love you. I love you, but what am I to you? How far sometimes I feel from you, but still you are mindful of me, mindful of every child of your creation, all the billions counting.
Greg Taylor preaches for The Journey. Greg's wife, Jill, teaches math at Broken Arrow High School and Tulsa Community College. Greg and Jill have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob. Greg is the author of many books, including his latest co-authored with Randy Harris, Daring Faith: Meeting Jesus in the Book of John.