3When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—4what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?Psalm 8:3-4
Have you ever looked at the night sky with the stars shining brightly and the moon glowing and wondered why God ever bothered with humans? Or perhaps you took time to watch the sun set against the horizon, splashing colors of yellow, orange, pink and red across the sky and felt awed by the stunning beauty of creation, suddenly feeling small and insignificant against the backdrop of nature.
The psalmist surely did. He even asks what perhaps I wonder — “what are humans that you care for them?” Paul hints at the same question in his letter to Ephesus, but explains clearly the “why” behind God’s attention to humanity.
4But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. 8God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.Ephesians 2:4-10
Why does God pay attention to humans? Because he loves us, plain and simple! So while we are busy pointing to the wonders of creation in the night sky, God is pointing back to us as incredible examples of his grace, kindness and love.
God looks on us and declares us his crowning achievement, his masterpiece of all creation. Take a moment to let that sink in today! You are his work of art, his last and best work of creation, you are the one he points to and says, “Look what I did!”