Daily Reading: Psalms 102-104; 1 Corinthians 4
As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. (Psalm 103:15, NASB95)
It is important for people to recognize how fragile, temporary, transitory, short, and unremembered are the lives of humanity. People come and go, live and die. Just like the writer of Ecclesiastes wrestled with this theme, the psalmist of these verses (Ps. 103:14-16) knows how easily human life can be seen as vanity and meaningless. Yet, the existence of God changes everything. The psalmist’s main concern is to remind the reader to never forget God (Ps. 103:2, 18), who brings purpose, meaning, and goodness to our lives.
- He heals our diseases and forgives our sins (Ps. 103:3, 10).
- He redeems your life from the pit (Ps. 103:4).
- He performs righteousness and delivers the oppressed (Ps. 103:6).
- He makes His ways known (Ps. 103:7).
- He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness to those who fear Him and their children (Ps. 103:4, 8, 15, 17).
- He knows our frailty and is mindful of our nature (Ps. 103:14).
- His sovereignty rules over all (Ps. 103:19).
Because of who He is, His strength, word, works, and sovereignty, we should obey and worship Him. As great as He is, He loves His people beyond measure (Ps. 103:11-12). All creation will worship Him. Do you recognize God’s greatness and your humanity? Do you remind yourself of God’s faithful love?