Lord, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them?Psalms 144:5
As I found myself in Psalms today 144:5 leaped out at me. I couldn’t help but to appreciate these humble words written by David. Our finite lives may be something easy to comprehend as working class citizens in a world where science has left little to mystery, but David was in a far different time. Not only that, but he was also anointed by God to be king of His people. Today we can watch a 5 minute Youtube video about the spectrum and scope of the universe and be blown away by just how insignificant we are in the proverbial grand scheme of things, but back then the universe was just stars in the sky. They didn’t even know they were giant balls of fire light years away. There was no real concept of how expansive Gods creation really is. We were the top of the food chain, and David was the top of the top of the food chain. Yet with all of His prestige I am completely captivated by his humility.
It really is impressive that the chosen king could speak words that everyone could relate to, and we have all thought this before. Who am I that God would listen? Who am I that God cares? Who am I that God would rescue me? Ring any bells? You see, here’s the thing though. While I appreciate the humility of David, and the humility that we have also shared with him in this thought process; we have to get out of our human level story and look at what God sees. God created the stars, the planets, the oceans, and the mountains. He created beautiful fish, birds, and animals. He created wind, lightning, thunder, and fire. Of all of the things in this world that bring us so much wonder and awe of the power of God, He wasn’t satisfied until he made us. Yes in the spectrum of the seemingly infinite universe we are not even an atom by comparison, yet we are the hand crafted, chosen creation that God has invested His love into. Not just us as a species though; you and me individually. He didn’t just create Adam and Eve dust off His hands and sit back and watch. No, He cares deeply for each of us individually. He has a story for us. He has a plan for us. He wants what is best for us (by his standards, not ours). He cares so much for you that He will move mountains to bring you back to His embrace.
Humility before God is ultimately important. He did create you. He is God of your universe, not you. However, you are so loved that all of the things in this universe can not distract God from loving you. Of all of the things that bring us wonder, God has His eyes on you. Isn’t that just incredible? Who are we that God cares? The answer, in Gods perspective, is everything. We are so important that He sent Jesus, His only son, as a sacrifice that we might be welcomed into his embrace. In that I find my humility. God can look at this man, who has been broken, beat down, defeated, lost and sinful. He can look at me with love in his heart and say, you are forgiven; you are loved. He has the same words for you. Humbling isn’t it?