"What Is Man, That Thou Art Mindful Of Him?"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 167

Context: The psalmist, considering God's greatness, exclaims in amazement that man should have a position of significance in the universe. So far above the comprehension of man is God's majesty that man's attempts to describe it are as the first babbling efforts at speech of the infant. God overcame the powers of resistance and deftly formed the earth and the heavens, manifestations surpassed only by the excellence of the Creator himself. Why, then, should God watch over man? Yet man is only a little lower than God and is given the right to control all of the things created by God. Thus the name of the Lord is to be praised:

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When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

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