Psalm 62:9 Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.
This is such a great reminder of how small we are and how big God is. Think about it, the highborn seem to have it all together. They have privilege, circumstance, and want for nothing. Yet, God says that they are a lie and a breath. The assumption here would be that lowborn men would be small in all eyes.
What is interesting is that in the eyes of God and the balance of things, they are both only a breath. Compared to the God of the universe, they are nothing. However, God still cares for each. It is amazing to me how God can be all-knowing, all-powerful, and have trillions of souls that have, are, or will live and yet can think alone of me.
Another interesting point is how the writer depicts the highborn…a “lie”. Is the writer saying that since both are a breath, the highborn is living a lie? Is the highborn deceived by his existence and the material wealth he may have? Is he living under some false sense of security? Furthermore, am I highborn or lowborn? I would much rather be considered just a breath as opposed to a lie.
A story I tell myself is that the Psalmist wrote this with little or no knowledge of the coming grace promised through Jesus. Therefore, we can read this and realize how small we really are compared to God and his vastness and in the same light, know the rest of the story of the grace that is given to those of us who follow Jesus. I do believe that I need to be reminded that I am just a breath so that I can appreciate the reward that comes through the grace of the Cross.
Thank you Lord for how ominous you are. I also thank you for taking time to think of me as well.
1. What was the first thought that came to mind for you when you read the above passage?
2. Which do you think you are…lowborn or highborn? Explain why.
3. Does this passage also remind you of the grace you have received?
4. Spend some time this week seeing where God’s vastness is revealed. Take time to make mental notes of the evidence that you are but a breath.
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