"what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?" (Psalm 8:4 NIV)
David is asking God how he can even consider mere humans to be worthy of His time and attention. He tries to grasp the majesty of a being so great and mighty and yet so loving and generous. Keep in mind, this was hundreds of years before Jesus walked the earth.
I ask God this question often! How can He even look at me, sin-filled as I am, and still love me? How can He hold a place in heaven for me after all I've done to hurt Him in my life? This is the part of the Christmas story I have returned to time and time again lately.
How could God, Creator of the universe, choose to walk the earth? Not only that, but to grow inside a woman's womb, to experience birth, toddlerhood, childhood, into adulthood. I think He was so confounded by we humans, that He decided He needed to become one of us in order to truly know how it feels to be human!
That is so remarkable! He even experienced human death! How can we doubt His love for us? How can we not express our gratitude by living Christmas every day?
"He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:2-5 NIV).
Blessings on your journey,