He Remembers We Are Dust Psalms Chapter 103
God knows we are frail and weak. He knows that we will stumble and fall, probably repeatedly, if not into the same sin, then into another. Psalms Chapter 103, Verse 14 is very comforting to those who are suffering shame from failing, yet again, to do what God commands. Everyone has his or her own preferred translation of the Bible, but many times a different translation can shine new light on a passage we may have read many times, giving it new life and profound meaning to the reader. God’s Word is alive and active and as we read it, the Author speaks to us. So in the spirit of enlightenment, let’s examine Psalms Chapter 103, Verse 14 from some different angles and let the Word of God breathe new light and encouragement into our hearts.
for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. (NIV)
For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. (NLT)
For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. (NASB)
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. (KJV)
Being made from dust is both a blessing and a curse. Genesis Chapter 3, Verse 19 says, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” These words were written by holy men of the Bible as inspired by God. Genesis Chapter 3, Verse 19 is the curse, Psalms Chapter 103, Verse 14 in the blessing.
Man was created to live eternally, in perfect fellowship with God the Father, but because of the fall, we became separated from God and sentenced to physical death because Adam and Eve broke the one law God had given them. He said, “in the day you eat from [the tree of life] you shall surely die.” Satan, in the form of the serpent, challenged God’s Word, telling Adam and Eve they would not die. His tactics, by the way, are still the same. He tells us we won’t go to Hell as long as we live a “good” life. It’s still not true.
If you have stumbled, as we all do, Satan will come along and start whispering in your ear that you are worthless, and unworthy to receive a pardon from God. That has a kernel of truth, but it’s distorted as always (anything you hear from Satan is distorted). We are not worthless, because we are bought at a high price paid by Jesus, but we are indeed unworthy. That’s what’s so great about grace. We are unworthy, yet God showed His love for us by sending Jesus to pay the price for our sins so that we might be redeemed.
When we stumble, we must ask for mercy, get back up and go forward again. Satan cannot stop you if you do not allow it. God’s Word is His love letter to us, woven through with grace and encouragement. He knows our frame; He remembers we are dust. (Psalms Chapter 103, Verse 14)
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