All We Are is Dust*

... and Why That's a Good Thing!

Have you ever had — or do you have now — a boss or a teacher or a family member that you just can’t please?

No matter what you do, it’s never enough.

You can’t ever seem to meet their standards or make them happy. It feels like you’re always falling short, messing up, making mistakes.

Then again, maybe you don’t need to look any further than the mirror to find that special someone whose impossible standards make you feel like a constant failure, an utter disappointment…

All We Are Is Dust and Why That's a Good Thing

If you feel that way about yourself (I know I have — sometimes I still do), it’s easy to project those feelings onto others.

You’re sure others see you the way you see you. And you begin to think that’s how God sees you, too.

But that’s not what the Scripture tells us. Psalm 103:13-14 says:

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.”

The NIV says, “He knows how we are formed…” He is, after all, not only our Father, but our Creator.

The  Amplified Version puts it this way: “For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart] that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14 AMPC).

God is not surprised or disappointed when we fall or fail — even if we are.

Nope, not Him. Not one little bit.

He knows. He sees. He understands. He even sympathizes (Hebrews 4:15).

“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” (Psalm 103:11-12)

We may be a hot mess sometimes, but we’re His mess.

He never berates us for our failures or mistakes. God doesn’t browbeat us over our sins. We don’t have to live in guilt and fear, dreading to disappoint Him.

We can’t disappoint Him.

He remembers that we are dust… and so much more. We are the precious children He sent His Son to die for.

And so He has compassion on us.

If we’ll turn to Him in our distress, we’ll find that like the father of the Prodigal, He is always ready — ready to come running — to forgive, heal, and restore.

Virtual VBS for GrownUp Girls® Assignment

It’s Week Five in our free online summer Bible study, Virtual VBS for GrownUp Girls® ~ Summer in the Psalms. If you’re participating, here are your instructions for this week…

Choose a reading plan:

1)  Soaking in the Psalms ~ Savor 3 Psalms this week (because one of them is reaaallly long!).  This week’s Psalms are Psalm 103, 116, and 119

Remember, this is “active reading” – asking questions as you read, underlining key words and phrases, making note of things that come to mind. Journal about verses that speak to you. For more tips, see Five Simple Ways to Focus on the Words You Read.

2)  Surfing through the Psalms ~ Read through the entire book of Psalms during our six-week study. This week, read Psalms 101-125(which includes the “Soaking” Psalms — see above).

Memory Verse:

This week’s verse is Psalm 103:2 NLT ~ It’s in the graphic below and on our VBS Pinterest board.

May I Never Forget the Good Things Psalm 103

PLEASE NOTE: If you’ve fallen behind in our study, that makes you so very… human! So totally… normal. Please do NOT beat yourself up about it. Summer Bible studies are notoriously difficult to keep up with, what with vacations, reunions, graduations, weddings, missions trips, crazy schedules and all.

But we still try — because it’s fun and it’s worth it. And when it comes to spending time in the Word and with our sisters in Christ, some is ALWAYS better than none!

We have two weeks left. Just enjoy them. Do what you can. Don’t worry about getting caught up… the past posts will always be on our Archive page if you want to revisit them, but don’t stress.

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom…” 2 Corinthians 3:17

Rest in that freedom today.

And remember, you can still enter our Super Special Summer in the Psalms Giveaway

  1. Go to our Virtual VBS Archive Page and find a Summer in the Psalms blog post or an image from one of our blog posts that has been meaningful to you, one that you think would bless others.
  2. Share it on Facebook or Pinterest or Instagram with the hashtag #VirtualVBS.
  3. Go to my author page on Facebook, where you’ll see a pinned post: What We’ve Been Learning in our Summer in the Psalms and comment something like: “Love Psalm 63 — I shared it on Facebook” – so I know where to look to verify your entry.

Grand Prize: a Coloring the Psalms coloring book, a copy of my latest book What Women Should Know About Letting It Go: Breaking Free from Guilt, Discouragement, and Defeat, and a beautiful leather bookmark with a verse from Psalms.

Additional Prizes: a copy of Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell, several lovely leather bookmarks featuring Psalms, a fridge magnet that holds cards with Bible verses from Psalms (cards included)… You have until midnight EST on Wednesday July 20th.

 

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6 thoughts on “All We Are is Dust*

  1. Love this reminder that He loves us so so very much! This has been such a blessing for me to soak in his word through the Psalms.

    • So much to soak in… I feel like we could spend the whole YEAR! I started digging into commentaries and footnotes and realized there was no way to share even a tenth of it in a blog post. But then His Word is enough all by itself, isn’t it? Like the old song says, “He speaks and the sound of His voice is so sweet, the birds hush their singing…”

  2. I have been reflecting on the a person I can’t please. If not this person, it’s another. I attract critical/negative, legalistic basically emotional abusive people. I just want God to remove them.

    I found, I need to set boundaries and be assertive. Also, I need believe Jesus, who He says I am, things that are good, right, not the inner or outer critic. I need to not beat myself up with trying to please the unpleasable or fix them. It is their issue not mine. I will be reading No more Christian Nice Girl!

    I need to stop beating myself up on mistakes and look at what I do right…not in a works or prideful way…but more mind renewal…think of things that are right, good…etc.

    So the inner transformation begins internally with God’s help.

    I can forgive, be kind these types of people, but I will no longer engage in friendship’s or spend more then 5 minutes with them. It is too toxic and stirs up my anxiety… people pleasing…co dependency…sin.

    Pslam 116 spoke to me.

    3I saw only trouble and sorrow.
    4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “Please, Lord, save me!”
    5 How kind the Lord is! How good he is!
    So merciful, this God of ours!
    6 The Lord protects those of childlike faith;
    I was facing death, and he saved me.
    7 Let my soul be at rest again,
    for the Lord has been good to me.
    8 He has saved me from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling.
    9 And so I walk in the Lord’s presence
    as I live here on earth!

    Have a peaceful week in His presence.