The structure of the psalm helps us notice its main message. The psalm begins and ends with an affirmation of the majesty of God’s name. But in between comes a detailed affirmation of the glory and honor of humanity. So, when we come to the second statement of God’s majesty in the final verse, we understand this majesty to be fully in tune with humanity’s existence and our potential to exercise power in relation to the world around us.
This psalm insists that we recognize that God’s greatness includes, always, the truth that God has chosen to be “mindful” of and to “care for” humanity (8:4). What are human beings? Creatures who stand right next to God in sharing responsibility to enhance the well-being of the rest of God’s creation.
Humanity indeed has great value in God’s eyes. God empowers us to shape the world around us. We see God in the human work of enhancing the wellness of the rest of creation. The creative love of God finds expression in human creative love.