O Lord, what is man that you regard him,
or the son of man that you think of him?
Man is like a breath;
his days are like a passing shadow. Psalm 144:3-4
There are many days when we feel significant. When every thing seems to go as plan, when life surprises us with some of it’s little joys, when expectations are outperformed: these are the days when we seem to shine as bright as the sun. But there are also days where the mirage of self-righteousness is broken down. There are times when we cannot trust our plans, our words, or even our thoughts, because they fail us miserably. We let ourselves down, we let others down, and our life seems but a breath.
Our lives are fleeting. We look at scripture and cannot help but discern that we are nasty sinners that demand no regard from God, not even a thought. We deserve nothing, and in light of eternity we are a passing shadow. What do we do with this truth? How do we cope with our insignificance? Where do we go when we fail, and realize our failure? To what do we turn when life blows up in our face? Do we simply get back up and try again, hoping that one day we will make the cut? Do we press on blindly hoping that “everything will work out in the end”? Do we disguise our pain with pleasure or busyness?
Certainly not. The word of God does not leave us empty with our feelings of insignificance. The Psalmist provides a simple hope to end his song:
Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord! Psalm 144:15
Do you understand the implications of this statement? This is a proclamation of possession: the Lord is OUR God. If you are a Christian washed by the blood of Jesus, this is for you. Your God is the Lord: creator of all, sustainer of all, the beginning and the end of all. He has chosen you, an insignificant shadow, to be his.
If we believe that God is who he says he is, then we should be floored to know that we can call him our own. We are the wayward, unfaithful bride that he looks at and says: you are mine and I am yours.
What does this mean for us? It means that God hears us. He loves us. He is not distant nor unapproachable. He is your God, Christian, and he is my God. Where do I turn when I have no hope, when I fail, when I am emotionally distraught?
In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to MY God I cried for help.
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:6
Did you catch that? I cry to my God. Not just the God, but my God. And when I cry to my God, he answers! He hears my voice, in his holy temple! My puny cry for help is heard by the very ears of God. This is incredible news! Talk about direct: I do not have to send a letter, write an email, or even compete with all the other cries for help, because the Lord is my God and hears my voice call out to him, even while he rules from his majestic throne.
But it doesn’t end there.
Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because he was angry. Psalm 18:7
What happens when God hears my cry for help? Anger. Not the kind of anger that we most often experience, but a righteous anger. My God is angry that I am being attacked by the enemy. He is jealous and zealous for me, because I am his.
He sent from on high, he took me;
he drew me out of many waters.
He rescued me from my strong enemy
and from those who hated me,
for they were too mighty for me. Psalm 18:16-17
Next he rescues me. I needed salvation, and he did it. On the cross, he pulled me from the pit of sin and hell, and daily he pulls me from the pit of hopeless and despair. Why me? I don’t deserve it. I fail, I sin, my life is insignificant and fleeting. Why would he choose me?
He brought me out into a broad place;
he rescued me, because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:19
There it is, a love that is simple yet astonishingly wondrous.
He rescued me, because he delighted in me.
God is not interested in your self-pity. He is not impressed by your extra effort. He is not fooled by your facade of inner peace. God desires a people who are his, who love to be his, and who desperately cry out to him in their time of need. There is immense joy to be found in our calls to the Lord for help, because he did answer and act through Jesus and he will continue to answer and act until the day he returns. This doesn’t put us in a prideful position of power, as if we can put God in our pocket to call upon whenever we need him. God simply saves because he loves and delights in sinners.
Christian, to where or whom will you turn in light of your insignificance? Take delight in Gods delight of you. Turn to your God, and he will answer and act for his glory and your good.
May all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!” Psalm 70:4