Friday, March 04, 2011

The vanity of man

PSALM 144 PART 2 v.3-6
C. M.

The vanity of man and condescension of God.

Lord, what is man, poor feeble man,
Born of the earth at first?
His life a shadow, light and vain,
Still hasting to the dust.

O what is feeble, dying man,
Or any of his race,
That God should make it his concern
To visit him with grace?

That God who darts his lightnings down,
Who shakes the worlds above,
And mountains tremble at his frown,
How wondrous is his love!

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
The Psalms of David, 1719

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Man is, and shall always be of a pitiful and vain nature. When he is at sea among waves which stretch endlessly, his vanity and importance surely is brough to light. If he is high above the clouds in a jet propelled carrier, surely he must feel all the more vain and of little consequence. But does man fully grasp and consider what his stature really is? Is his stature one in which he will continually insist that his way is the best? Does man ever come to the realization of his dreadful lot, when compared to the mighty works of God? The question is not what can man do to remedy and justify his vanity. The question of what is not the issue. No, the question is of when. When will man come to a knowledge that he has forever been vain, and none of his works can change his stature before God.