But somewhere it is testified in these words: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him? Hebrews 2:5-6
A little boy attempted to recite the Lord’s prayer. He said, “Our Father, who art in heaven, how do you know my name?” That child had no idea he was capturing the wonder of these verses. He misquoted the prayer but correctly summarized this direct quotation from Psalm 8. On a distant hillside, a shepherd boy gazed into the heavens and was awestruck by the privilege of being thought of by God. All David had to go on were the stories of his ancestors, truths about God from the Torah, and the experience of being part of a nation God called ‘Israel, my glory.’
In 1968, when Apollo 8 circled the moon, the astronauts took turns reading the story of creation. You might have heard them recite it on archived recordings. What’s more meaningful than that is when Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon and celebrated communion. As he did, he read this verse from Psalm 8. “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You care for him?” It was under radio silence so no one got to hear it.
What does it mean that God is thinking of me today? Am I a fleeting thought? Is it like when I run into an old friend and hear them say, “It’s really strange that I would see you today. Last week, out of the clear blue, I thought of you.” While that’s slightly meaningful, it’s not life changing. It’s clear that I was just someone’s stray thought whereas God is preoccupied with me. With the billions of people on earth, He doesn’t divide His time to think about me for just a split second before moving on to someone else. He is ever conscious of my every breath, every sigh, every joy, frustration, tears and celebrations. He is intimately acquainted and eternally committed in Covenant love that He initiated.
On this day, right now, how are you feeling? Alone, challenged, intimidated, forsaken, perhaps even betrayed? Savor every word of this love letter. If it’s familiar, don’t read it on auto pilot. Take your time. It’s one of many expressions of love but a perfect one for this moment in time. Allow the wonder of what it means to belong to God infuse new iron into your foundation.
But now the Lord who created you, says: Don’t be afraid, for I have ransomed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, your Savior, the Holy One of Israel. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.