Wednesday, June 2, 2010

merely men

Psalm 9:20 Put them in fear, O LORD,
         That the nations may know themselves to be but men.
Another exploratory walk this morning and I found a creek and some gorgeous views, as well as startling a deer who was surprised at my unexpected presence.  I even found a rough bench that someone had made in the past to rest in the midst of the woods, atop a knoll.  I continued in Psalms and the verse above seemed to emerge boldly.  I thought about how we elevate ourselves.  Although we are creatures we act like we are in charge so often.  We think our governments run the world and our ambitions govern our personal lives.  We are only men but we delude ourselves into thinking we are in charge.  David had such wisdom as he pleaded for the Lord to get our attention and show us the truth:  that we are "but men".  I suppose this is actually a liberating concept.  We are set free from trying to "run the show" and we are set free from understanding all the mysteries of life.  But mostly, we are liberated from ourselves that we might worship the One who gives life to wave after wave of men, who briefly appear and then move on from this stage.
Rob Smith

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