Words from the Heart for Friday January 13th, 2017
What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?
Psalm 8:4 (NLT)
We are known to the Lord. He doesn’t just think of us as part of the billions of people who live on the earth. He considers us individually. He knows every detail of our lives. He has watchful care over us. The Mighty Creator actually has chosen to place worth and significance upon each of us. You are not a mere number in the system today. You are personally known by Him.
Mountain climbing is usually considered a feat for the few most fearless outdoorsman. But there are some mountains that can be climbed by what one website calls Mere Mortals. These are mountains that can be climbed in a day or two by people in average shape and with little climbing experience. For example, Mount Temple in Alberta’s Bow Range is the most accessible peak above 3,400m in the Canadian Rockies. It is also one of the most frequently climbed. The summit can be gained in a day thanks to its relatively low elevation gain: approximately 1,600m. Despite the relative accessibility, it should be noted that the mountain is a giant and dominates the western landscape of Banff National Park. Some fairly moderate to intense scrambling is required even on the “easy” route.
The greatest contrast in all of time and space is the gulf between the majesty of God and the sinfulness of mankind. It is a huge gulf that we humans cannot bridge in our own power and strength. Not that people haven’t tried. The attempt to cross the divide between sinful mankind and the Holy God of the universe is at the heart of man made religion and spirituality. But none of it works and people are left without hope and with no peace. This is what makes the Christian faith unique. The heart of the Gospel is God bridging the gulf between Him and us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. In light of His holiness and righteousness, our own sinfulness becomes more glaring. The Psalmist noticed that. And so he writes this in Psalm 8:4: “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” David’s question is quite a contrast to the thinking of the world. The thinking of religion is “I’m good enough and God should meet my needs. So if I just do good things and act a certain way, I can catch God’s attention and He will have to meet my needs.” Instead, David expresses complete humility and acknowledges that God is so far more holy and mighty than we are that it wouldn’t be surprising if God never gave us a thought. But He does. He loves us deeply and has reached down to draw us to Himself. Hallelujah!
These have been words from the heart.