3LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!
4Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.
(Psalm 144:3-4, King James Version)
What is Man?
When the ugly sin of pride lifts its self in our hearts and lives, we would do well to read Psalm 144, verse 3: LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! The same sentiment is also expressed in Psalm 8, verse 4, as the Psalmist, David, bares his heart to the Lord. Oh, how quickly pride can rule over our beings, and oh, what devastation it leaves in its wake!
It is no wonder that God hates the sin of pride. Repeatedly in God's Word we are encouraged to pray for a humble heart and not let pride rule over our hearts and lives. It is good for us to remember that, before God, we are nothing! What do we have to offer to God? We have nothing. It is not because God saw something worthy in us that caused Him to save us. Rather, though He saw how unworthy we are, He reached down and saved us, that it might bring more glory to His holy and righteous name.
Truly, Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away. Our lives are but a vapor, even compared to the age of this earth, but compared to eternity, they are truly nothing! How much David understood, not only his true nature, but the true irrelevance of his life compared to God's eternity that had no beginning and has no end.
Shall we, then, spend our lives seeking after the things of this world that are here, and then quickly pass away? Would it not be better to set our heart affections on Christ and eternity? Let us live our days learning more about this wondrous God we serve, and praying that He will guide and keep us faithful to Him. Left to ourselves, we would surely stumble and fall.
It is through our understanding of our own helpless nature that we can finally be useful to God. Whatever good we may think we have to offer, we must understand, is a gift given to us by God, Himself. It is God who bestows gifts upon us, and it is God who gives us the ability to use and develop those gifts for His honor and glory.
Let us, then, join David in giving all praise and honor to this great and wondrous God we serve. Go, today, in His strength and power, and live for His honor and glory.
God Bless You,