An Unfamiliar Wonder

In Psalm 8:4, David marvels at the attentiveness of God to man, asking: “What is man, that You take thought of him, or the son of man, that You attend him?” The gravity of his statement is increased when one realizes that the Hebrew for “man” the first time in the verse is “enosh”, which means “all human beings, man, mankind”. So it is not just that we should marvel that God would pay attention to any one individual among us, but that He would do so for all of mankind together! This is a significant distinction!

Unfortunately, this kind of amazement at the attentiveness of God is foreign to our modern sensitivities.

Most of us are, unfortunately, very egocentric — that is, we think the universe revolves around US. In our eyes, our own problems are the most important and the most pressing, and very deserving of the Almighty’s full attention. For many of us, the question we are amazed at is not “Why would God pay attention to me”, but rather: “Why has He forgotten me? Why isn’t He addressing my needs right now?”

It is an indication of how self-centered we are that we think that the Creator of the Universe should indeed have our little needs on His front burner! The amazement David displayed for why God should pay any attention to him is, sadly, one with which most of us are entirely too unfamiliar!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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2 Responses to An Unfamiliar Wonder

  1. Adam says:

    Thank you for being so faithful with your testimonies and devotionals! I was thinking just now I should encourage you and let you know there is another ear out here listening to God’s word proclaimed through you. I am Adam Eerdmans from Grand Rapids Mi. Have a great day!

    • Shawn Thomas says:

      Thank you, Adam, that means a lot. It is remarkable that we can communicate God’s word to those who are several states (and even countries) away from us through the internet like this — it is a real blessing. Mission accomplished for you: your note is indeed very encouraging; thanks!

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