“What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and you have crowned him with glory and honor.” (Psalms 8:4,5)
Important note: The original Hebrew text says, “For You have made him a little lower than God." The quotation of this verse in Hebrews 2:7,9 follows the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament).
In the past some have misconstrued this passage to denigrate mankind, saying that he is lower than the angels and therefore unworthy. Quite the contrary. The Psalmist is telling us that God is “mindful” of mankind because we are created in the very image of God. Though it is hard for us to look at the wickedness of humanity we should accept the goodness of God’s created work. Since the fall of Adam and the entry of sin into the world, we live in a broken world. Nevertheless, God still loves His creatures and wants us for His own.
In Hebrews 2:9, it speaks of Jesus taking on humanity in order that He, the ever-living God, might suffer death for us. What a big step that was for Jesus to leave behind His glory and honor to become one of us. The Creator took on the likeness of His creation. The One who cannot be tempted took on subjection to temptation (yet without sin – Hebrews 4:15). Finally, the Sinless took on our sin (II Corinthians 5:21). The Righteous became guilty so that the guilty might have His righteousness.
Notice that God thinks enough of His creatures that He would “visit him.” This means more than just casual conduct from God. God’s visitation indicates the help and deliverance from God in our time of greatest need. Though corrupted by sin, God has not forgotten His creatures. He never stops loving us even when we do wrong. He is patient, loving, merciful, and earnest in His desire for our repentance and restoration (II Peter 3:9). Surrender your will in faithful obedience to God and see the power of His visitation working in your life.
The writer said that God has taken the creatures of His image and has “crowned him with glory and honor.” God has given us dominion over this world and all the things that are in it. Look how truly rich we are. We are to use and care for the world in which we live, but we must always remember that God is greater still and we owe Him our thanks and allegiance in everything we do here and as we prepare to live with Him in His home forever.