Not Impressed

Psalm 147:5-11 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.  The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.  Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:  Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.  He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.  He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.  The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

God is great.  We are not.  God created outer space, this world and us out of nothing, simply by speaking the words.  We can manipulate materials that are already there to invent and manufacture various technologies, but only by using the intellect, skill and energy given to us by God.  God is infinitely powerful.  We are incredibly weak.  So the small, insignificant “achievements” we claim for ourselves do not impress God in the least.  As C.S. Lewis pointed out, God does not offer us an opportunity to demonstrate our talents, only forgiveness for having perverted them.  That is why in this psalm we find God having no delight in a man’s strength.  The legs are the most powerful muscles we possess and yet the strongest of us cannot please God through our ability.  God is also not impressed with our ability to use tools and the earth’s resources for accomplishing our goals.  The horse, though an animal, has still been one of the oldest and most versatile of tools for mankind.  In farming, in battle, in communication, in industry, the horse is a symbol of the strength of man’s inventions.  Yet God created the horse, not us.  God gave us the intelligence to apply the various strengths of this beautiful animal to benefit mankind.  In every scientific discovery we make we become more aware of God’s immense genius.  What He created in six days, we have not been totally able to understand in six thousand years.

Our inadequacies are most obvious, however, when it comes to matters of character.  Compared to the absolute righteousness of God, even our best actions look like filthy, disease-ridden rags.  We cannot begin to save ourselves from the consequences of our sins, let alone the just punishment for them.  Physical death and disease are not natural elements in our world.  They are intruders brought in by our disobedience to God’s laws.  If you meditate on all the misery caused by sickness, crime, war and death, you can understand why God created a place like Hell to punish the cause of all that suffering.  We have proven that mankind is incapable of stopping sin and its consequences.  How much less can we prevent God from justly punishing that sin?

But there is good news.  While God is not impressed with our abilities, He is impressed with our fear and faith.  If we in humble fear, admit to God that we have sinned against Him.  If we ask Him for forgiveness, depending on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ by faith, we can be saved from both the consequence and punishment of our sin.  God isn’t impressed with what we can do, but He is impressed when we fearfully hope in what He has already done.  Have you put your faith in Christ to be saved?  Our GOOD NEWS page can explain more from the Bible how you can do that.  If you have questions, please feel free to call or email us.  We would love to hear from you.  If you live in our area, we invite you to join us for our services.  Thank you for reading our post today.  May God richly bless you!