Daily D – Psalm 144:3-4
O LORD, what are human beings that you should notice them, mere mortals that you should think about them? For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow. PSALM 144:3-4 (NLT)
I wonder why you care, GOD—
why do you bother with us at all?
All we are is a puff of air;
we’re like shadows in a campfire.
Why am I here?
King David describes God as “my rock” in verse 1. In verse 2, he says God is “my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in him.”
When we get to verses 3 and 4, we see a pretty significant contrast. God is described as rock, fortress, shield, and refuge. Human beings are breaths of air and passing shadows.
There is no comparison.
David was a skilled warrior. However, the credit for that belonged to God. He says in verse 1, “He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skills for battle.” He could not boast of his abilities.
Pondering the imponderable question in verse 3, there is only one conclusion: It is all about God, not about me (or you).
We are here today and gone tomorrow. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
David does not despair at his limited lifetime. Instead, he finds meaning and purpose in his relationship with the Eternal One. See how he begins his song:
Praise the LORD, who is my rock.
Meaning and purpose in life are discovered in direct proportion to our recognition of who God is now and forever. Seeing God for who he is inevitably leads to praise. It gives meaning to our moments. It gives purpose to our struggles.
I am here at God’s good pleasure. He wants me to know him and experience him. He wants to give me good gifts. He wants me to trust him and depend on him. He wants to provide for me and guide me. He wants me to realize there is so much more to this life than living and dying. He wants me to know the wonder, awe, and beauty of all that we call life originates and ends with him. He wants me to know that he is with me in all of life’s ups and downs, wins and losses, joys and pains.
Why am I here?
Because God our Father wants to take the messiness of my life and turn it into a masterpiece of his own making to show the whole world how good he is. He wants everyone to know that what he did for a shepherd boy, he can do for us. He wants us to live to the praise of his glory and to enjoy every minute of it.
I will praise the LORD who gives my life meaning.
Our Father, without you, we are helpless and vulnerable. Without you, we are here today and gone tomorrow and nobody much remembers us. With you, we gain perspective and purpose. With you, we can endure and overcome. With you, we can really live. May we know you and experience you today. May we live the kinds of lives that attract others to you and demonstrate your goodness. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.