1 Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle—
2 My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer,
My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people[a] under me.
3 LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?
4 Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow.
5 Bow down Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6 Flash forth lightning and scatter them; Shoot out Your arrows and destroy them.
7 Stretch out Your hand from above; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, From the hand of foreigners,
8 Whose mouth speaks lying words, And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a new song to You, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
10 The One who gives salvation to kings, Who delivers David His servant
From the deadly sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, Whose mouth speaks lying words, And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood—
12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillars, Sculptured in palace style;
13 That our barns may be full, Supplying all kinds of produce;
That our sheep may bring forth thousands And ten thousands in our fields;
14 That our oxen may be well laden; That there be no breaking in or going out; That there be no outcry in our streets.
15 Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!
Most of us are rather strange. We want to live long lives, but develop habits that shorten them. We want to be free, yet we make ourselves slaves to sin. We could be saints, but we choose to be sinners.
We desire immortality but refuse it because we reject Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord – the only path to eternal life.
Long ago, David the Psalmist asked, “O Lord, what is man that You care for him, the son of man that You think of him?”
Often we neglect to think about the fact that we were created by God in His image. We did not evolve from nor ascend from some lower life. We are different from all animals in many ways – physically, mentally, socially – but most of all we have a spiritual nature that no living animal has.
We are what we are because God made us the way that we are. If God wanted us to be different from the way we are, we would be. What we do matters to God.
What happens to each of us matters to God. We are created in His image and that of itself makes us uniquely different and special – especially to God.
This puzzled the Psalmist. So he decided to ask God, “Why bother at all with the human race?”
Years later the question was answered: because He loves us. Remember what Jesus said? “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Man: different by design. Different because of God’s love.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for a love that is eternal and the opportunity to enjoy a life that is eternal. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Source: Guido Ministries Seeds of Hope Devotionals by Dr. Larry Guido @www.sowerministries.org. Used by permission.
Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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