“He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: the LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:7-14).
Dust. What do you think about dust? It is an annoying fact of life. You need to dust once in a while to remove the dust from your house, your car interior, your workspace, etc. If you don’t, dust will keep accumulating and things will get dustier. Dust is a nuisance, right? Guess what – you and I are dust. “All we are is dust in the wind” (Kansas). Kerry Livgren of Kansas got it. We are just dust in the wind. Doesn’t that just pump your ego? However, even though we came originally from dust and to dust we will return, nevertheless in God’s eyes we are much more than an annoyance and a nuisance although at times I can be both and I’m sure you can too. We all act like dust at times. God – who does indeed want to know us and made Himself known to the ancient Israelites and made His presence known through the life of Jesus on this earth – this very same God is “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” Not only is He knowable, not only does He want to be known, but He also cares about you and me. He “has compassion on those who fear him.” I guess that begs the question. Do I fear God or is He just some ethereal being out there somewhere that I don’t know and haven’t taken the time to get to know?