What can you expect from dust?

What can you expect from dust?

For you are dust, and to dust you shall return. – Genesis 3:19

All flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust. – Job 34:15

Psalms 103:13-22

 13 The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

 14 For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.

 15 Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.

 16 The wind blows, and we are gone – as though we had never been here.

 17 But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children

 18 of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!

 19 The LORD has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything.

 20 Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.

 21 Yes, praise the LORD, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will!

 22 Praise the LORD, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. Let all that I am praise the LORD.

Rep. Pat Schroeder, a Democrat from Colorado, coined the term the “Teflon” president to describe Ronald Reagan in 1983. Schroeder later said that the expression came to her while she was frying eggs in a Teflon, or non-stick pan. No matter what scandal hit his administration, nothing stuck to him personally. Reagan had a seemingly magical ability to avoid blame. It seemed almost as though he had a Teflon coat like a frying pan. As president, Reagan was genial, ever-smiling, and projected a “grandpa” image.

No matter what controversies arose, up to and including the Iran-Contra political scandal, the public continued to forgive and love him.

That is exactly what our relationship with our Father God is like. No matter what, the Father continues to forgive and love His children

Psalm 103 is a hymn of praise and thanksgiving. It celebrates the Father’s overflowing goodness and love for His children. It beckons us to praise the Father for who He is and what He has done. David reminds us not to forget “all his benefits” (Psalms 103:1-2).

REFLECT & PRAY

How does a father “pity” his children? He considers their weakness, immaturity, and ignorance, and so does not require of them more than they can handle. Our Father does the same with us (1 Corinthians 10:13) (Stanley).

Dear Father, thank you that you have adopted me into Your forever family just as I am. You are great and magnificent, while I am nothing more than living dirt. I stand awed and truly amazed.

INSIGHT

Before you get down on yourself, what can you possibly expect from dust? Dust is simply fine particles of other things that have basically disintegrated and become worthless. We are made out of the dust, the dirt of the ground.

Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

The only thing that separates us from plain ordinary dirt is the fact that we are alive, while dirt is inert, inanimate. As living dirt, we tend to get rather dirty. That is exactly what the Father expects. He is not disappointed when we act like dirt, because He knows we are dirt. The difference is we are His dirt. And He loves us just the way we are.

Psalms 103:14 For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.

On top of our humble origins, David likens us to grass or wildflowers. They bloom only for a moment and then die and are gone. Our time on earth is short. There is no permanence to our existence here.

Psalms 103:15-17

 15 Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.

 16 The wind blows, and we are gone – as though we had never been here.

In vivid contrast to us the, Father is eternal and remains forever. And where does He sit? He made the heavens His throne and rules over everything.

Four great characteristics of the Father are focused upon. He is compassionate. He does not constantly accuse or antagonize us even though we constantly sin. He is slow to anger, and He does not maintain His anger indefinitely. He is merciful and gracious. He does not punish us for our sins immediately nor completely as we deserve. He does not pay us back what we deserve either. His loyal love, hesed, is as limitless as the sky. The guilt of our sins is separated from us completely and permanently (Constable).

The Father’s excellence and magnificence is all the more extraordinary, when it is compared with our severe limitations and propensity to wayward sin and self-pity. David exhorts each of the Father’s children to praise and serve Him.

How can we do less?

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