Thursday, September 20, 2012

Significantly Insignificant


When I think of just how small I am in the grand scheme of things, I feel a whole lot like David did when he wrote Psalm 8.
To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, How excellent [is] Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.  Psalm 8:1-2 NKJV
I love the contrast.  First David considers God.  If you ever wanted to feel small, consider God.  Consider how the fact that all that we know in the entire universe was created by God. Consider how God created all that we know just by speaking it into existence.  If the entirely of creation was created by God and just by speaking it into existence, how big must our God be?  We can not even comprehend the universe.  Actually, we do not even fully comprehend the individual forces that make up individual parts of individual molecules let alone the incomprehensible expanse of the universe those forces make up.  Yet despite how incomprehensibly large and complex our God is, babies can praise Him.  In fact, there is nothing more precious than that pure innocent faith in a young mind not yet infected by the corruptions of this world.  Its funny, the smarter we think we get, the more we lose that precious innocent faith we once had.  That is why Jesus tells us that we must be like young children to enter into the kingdom of God.  We must have that innocent wonder of a God so big, so complex, so glorious, and so high above anything we can begin to comprehend rather than try to figure Him out and end up getting things wrong anyway.  I love those times when I can rediscover that place of just sitting in awe and wonder of our God.  
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?  Psalm 8:3-4 NKJV
This is the passage I had in mind today when thinking about this post.  This is about finding that place of awe and wonder.  On a clear night, I love looking up and seeing the stars.  I see the endless expanse of the universe as dark black sky contrasted by tiny lights representing stars just like our sun.  Those tiny dots are further away than man can ever travel yet they are relatively close when considering just how large all of space is.  Even in this world, I am but one of billions of people alive today and only one of who knows how many who have ever lived and will live.  I have existed for a mere thirty nine years counting my time in the womb, which is a pittance compared to all of earth history.  Yet despite of my own insignificance in my own time and in history in general and despite the tiny imperceptible dot of a planet I live in when compared to the entire universe, I have a personal relationship with the God who made it all.  Even more, that God sent His only begotten son to die for my sins. 

Let's pause there for a moment.  We live inside our own mind many times where we seem larger than life.  We need to lose that perception.  We are not larger than life.  In fact, we are only alive by the grace of God.  Any importance we have is because God, for whatever reason, created us in His image and desired a relationship with us.  God could just as well have decided to create ants in His image and give them a soul and relationship.  It is not our physical being that is His image, it is the fact that we have a spiritual component to our being, that is a soul, that makes us in the image of God.  God is spirit and each of us has an eternal spirit.  Of course, where we spend that eternity depends on whether or not we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.  I am just amazed sometimes at just how much God loves me or even that He does.  Quite honestly, I should be amazed all of the time.  I can't offer God anything.  I have no talent that He did not give me.  I have no righteousness except that which was imparted on me through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  He certainly can not hold an intellectually stimulating conversation with my tiny mortal mind.  Yet, He does love me and even enough to send His son to die for me. 
For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all [things] under his feet,
All sheep and oxen--Even the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas.  Psalm 8:5-8 NKJV
Man does not have much going for us on our own.  Think about it for a moment.  We were created much less powerful than the angels.  We have little to no control over the forces of nature.  We are weaker and/or slower than most land animals.  We do not have the ability to fly like a bird (or even an insect) or swim like a fish.  Yet despite our seeming disadvantages on this world and our miniscule place in the universe, we are the centerpiece of creation.  Angels are agents of God to minister to man.  Whether this be to eradicate cancerous sin, to give messages of warning or blessing, to give us chance to minister to others not knowing they are angels, to protect us, and to bless us, they live to serve God and God's focus is on the story of mankind.  We can not control natural forces, but we continue to learn to use them to our advantages.  Animals that are stronger and faster exist to serve the interests of mankind.  All of creation was to create us.  All that was done was to facilitate our relationship to God.

When I consider the whole of creation and the fact that God is so much greater than that, the only significance I can find of myself on my own is my own utter insignificance.  This only adds to my awe and wonder.  On my own, I am just one of many many bags of fragile, short-lived flesh on a tiny dot of a planet, and an insignificantly small planetary system, orbiting one of countless suns, in a seemingly endless universe, created by an infinite God.  However, by God, I am a child of God, beloved and blessed, and chosen to spend eternity in His presence.  I can only say what David concluded.
O LORD, our Lord, How excellent [is] Your name in all the earth!  Psalm 8:9 NKJV   

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