Life is short and dust seems so inconsequential. We try really hard to get rid of it, huh? How about a little different perspective on dust.
For the last few days, we have been studying in Psalm 103. We will continue today and then for probably 2 more days.
Years ago, God helped me to see how great His love and mercy for us is with this passage, especially Verses 13 and 14.
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.”
Let’s begin in Verse 13:
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him;”
A Compassionate Father
For many people, earthly fathers are not a glowing example of compassion. But here the psalmist is indicating a father as he should be. Fathers should be compassionate but strong to lead. I think about Ward Cleaver, from Leave It To Beaver. If my memory serves me well, he was a compassionate yet strong father. A better example would be the father of the prodigal son in the parable Jesus shared during His earthly ministry. You can find this parable in Luke 15:11-32.
The Perfect Father
Human fathers are far from perfect and even the best most loving fathers fail at times. They are human. God never fails – He is truly the perfect Father in every way. And as we read above, He has compassion on those who fear Him.
Those Who Fear Him
Those who fear Him are truly His children. Those who fear Him are the ones who understand the difference between us and Him, and who understand that the only way to get to Him is through Jesus Christ saving us and our actively trusting in Him for forgiveness and reconciliation back to God.
“…for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.”
This is where God got my attention.
In Genesis 2:7, there is a details account of God creating the first man. It says that He formed him from the dust of the ground and then breathed life into his nostrils.
The way I relate this to me is, I am just dirt, without God breathing life into me, I would not even be here. God knows that I am just dirt that He breathed life into me. He knows how much I need Him minute by minute. He also knows how easily we humans fall into sin and He has compassion for us.
Oh, how He loves us!!
Tiny little rabbit trail:
It is very important that I understand that I am made of dust too. This is not self-deprecation, self-loathing or even false humility. This is being poor in spirit – He is God and I am not. I need Him every single minute of every single day because I cannot do anything of value for Him without Him. If He fails to make my heart beat… it will stop beating. I realize this may seem extreme – but He is God and I am not. This helps me maintain perspective on that fact.
“As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field;”
During our days, generally, it seems like we are going to live “forever.” But, life is short. Really, our lifespan in comparison with eternity is very short. Even if we live to be 120 years old, eternity is forever into the future. We are like the grass of the field…
“…the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.”
Think dandelions. The wind blows and they are gone. I know, if you are a gardener dandelions seem to be eternal… anyway, that one flower blows away.
We may leave a small mark on our world but for the most part, we will just be gone – facing eternity with or without God.
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him…”
Oh! Dear friend, how He loves us!! How He loves you!!
Lord, thank You so much for this beautiful passage that helps us know that You love us and intend for us to belong to You and be with You throughout all eternity. Thank You for making a way for us to be with you, through the work of forgiveness Jesus did on the cross. I ask You, Lord, that each person reading this would come to faith in You and be able to trust that they will spend life here glorifying You and then eternity with You in heaven. Make us all what You want us to be. Help us to love You deeply. In the holy perfect name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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