"The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He will not constantly accuse us,
nor remain angry forever.
He does not punish us for all our sins;
he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust...
But the love of the Lord remains forever
with those who fear him." Psalm 103
Only dust. What a humbling reality. We are here for a moment and then we are gone. In all the bustle of our lives, all our bravado and chest pounding, we are simply dust and will return to the dust.
But, and I love that word 'but.' It changes everything when I read "The Lord is compassionate and merciful." For all my frailty and brevity, for all my sins and fears I have a loving Father who forgives and loves, who is tender and compassionate. I'm only dust, but God loves me. How humbling and how wonderful.