Truly Human

April 16, 2011 § 1 Comment

No other book in the Bible shows with such honesty what it means to be truly human before God than the Psalms.  Psalm 31:9-16 is a great example.  It illustrates human suffering in very graphic imagery.  It takes us into the depths of human distress, sorrow, grief, anguish, affliction, weakness, brokenness, death (31:9-13).  No wonder that Jesus quoted from this Psalm at the cross.  Because the cross represents the pivotal moment of Jesus’ obedience to the will of his Father to become truly human through His suffering for the sake of taking on Him the suffering of all humanity.  That is the moment of our salvation.  The moment that makes it possible to be truly human before God, but also the moment in which we can rest in Jesus’ true humanity as God’s act of salvation.  In the imagery of Psalm 31:16, it is the moment in which God’s face shine on us and He saves us with His unfailing love.  The core of the Christian faith is not a spiritual attempt to escape true humanity, but to accept God’s hand of salvation in the midst of the messiness of being truly human.  It is in the midst of being human that we can pray with Psalm 31:14 – “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.'”


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