What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:4 (ESV)
For many of you, this is a beautiful and familiar verse; for those who have never read this verse before, I am glad that it was introduced to you today.
What I would like you to do right now is read this verse very slowly… “What is man – that you are – mindful – of him, and the son of man – that you – care for him?” Now, close your eyes and meditate on these few simple but profound words… “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”
The definition of “mindful” according to the Oxford English Dictionary is “careful not to forget about something”. It overwhelms me to know that God sees us as His precious sons and daughters, and that He is careful with us. I have three precious sons and I don’t need to be reminded of that since they are always in my heart.
As a father, how can I forget my children? As an imperfect human being however, I need to be careful not to forget that they are their own person, have their different personalities, and need to be loved in a way they each feel loved.
But our Father in heaven is perfect! He knows every strand of our hair because He created us (Luke 12:7). Isn’t it comforting to know that our God is the perfect and holy God? That He never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalms 121:4)? Isn’t it comforting to know that He is careful in loving us and that He will never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6)?
In fact, let me turn this around. It is I who needs to be mindful of God. I need to be careful and not forget that He is the one who is ultimately in control and that whatever happens in my life, I know I am His beloved child, His creation and that He is always, always be mindful of me.
How about you? How are you being mindful of your Lord God today?