♣ Mindful of Dust
“When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him and the son of man that You care for him?” – Psalm 8:3-4
THE TRUTHS FELT and penned by this Psalmist exhibits a right perspective – “What is man that You are mindful of him…?” Here is sober-mindedness; here is dust swallowed into insignificance in light of immeasurable Deity.
While we progress in our exploration of the vast, breathless and unending universe, do we exalt ourselves rather than bow in humility and worship before the God of creation? The more our minds are enlightened as to what has been in existence long before we were born, the less we should be inclined to live as if the whole universe revolves around us. It is wrong to presume that God, Who created the rolling spheres, exists alone for us.
Can we give anything to God? Do we give Him counsel? Yet, we are audacious enough to think we’re an asset to God! A pastor, while leading a Bible study, emphatically stated that the reason why God created us was because He was lonely! That is nothing short of blasphemy and it is pretty much all we can expect from the majority of today’s leadership.
Why does it offend us to be told the truth, that we are so profusely self-absorbed? So long as truth doesn’t expose our wrongs, we will not only tolerate it but proliferate it and such a mindset can only be expected in an age of narcissism full of people captivated with themselves. One thing is for certain, that if God were to roll back the veil from our eyes to see the invisible glory all around us, we would loathe ourselves just like Job. We would be so embarrassed and ill at the realisation of our self-centredness unclothed before God’s eyes. This is not referring to those who are non-believers; this is referring to those who profess faith in Christ and rather than knowing better, instead, have the mentality of, “Bless me Lord, bless me!” What about blessing God? What about pouring out our lives in sacrificial worship? Oh, we can all ‘worship’ and ‘sing’ our favourite choruses’ but that’s not sacrificial obedience – being spent for God which is the essence of true worship.
We live with the expectancy that God has to bless us. No He doesn’t! Why should He? Ask yourself that question. What is in and of us that warrants the benevolence of God? Our thinking as modern age Christians is dangerously off track from the biblical path. If we do not sincerely believe that God would still remain perfect in His righteous judgements by giving us what we truly deserve, then we know nothing of the love of God. A frail, shallow and cheap grasp of God’s grace prevails in our churches today.
God never saved us for our sake but for His. God save us from devilish pride! The fact that God does not wipe us out in judgement should amaze us in and of itself. Furthermore, the mercy of God that has drawn us out of the pit of eternal destruction and the grace of God that has made us partakers of His nature – that we are now heirs of God – is infinitely more than we could ever deserve.
“What is man that You are mindful of him?” Oh! God does care and He loves us with an undying and everlasting love, so much so, that the author to the Ephesians prayed that the believers would be strengthened in order to comprehend the breadth, length, height and depth of such love; but who are we to be loved so much and what made God look upon us and draw us with cords of mercy and compassion? Who are we but rebels, whose born-nature defies God?
“And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?”
– Charles Wesley
Oh! What is man that You, O God, are mindful of him and the son of man that You care for Him? We are but dust! Not even our helplessness in our sinfulness warranted the gaze of God. He did so because He is infinitely more than compassion; He is God Who has mercy upon whom He will have mercy and compassion upon whom He will have compassion. The God, Who brings low those who exalt themselves and exalts those who are low, deliver us from ourselves so we can be mindful of Him and so lose ourselves in and for His glory!
Posted on October 9, 2012, in ♣ Devotional and tagged a right perspective, age of narcissism, And Can It Be, benevolence of God, bowing in humility, bowing in worship, Charles Wesley, cheap grasp of God’s grace, compassion of God, devotional, essence of true worship, God mindful of man, God of creation, God's will, heirs of God, immeasurable Deity, invisible glory, lose ourselves in God's glory, man is but dust, Mark Anthony Williams, Mindful of Dust, mindful of God, partakers of God's nature, Psalm 8:3-4, sacrificial obedience, sacrificial worship, self-absorbed, the love of God, the mercy of God, truths felt. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.