Ever watch a toddler, just about a month into learning to walk, teeter totter around? It is so much fun to watch that side to side gate, but it is also nerve wracking because when they pick up speed, we know the chance of falling are great. We know something they do not. We know that they are close to falling when they cannot really see it themselves.

God knows something about us that we do not really get. Sometimes we get it, but most of the time we do not get it.

“For he knows our frame, he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14)

This reminds us of Genesis and how man was made from the dust of the earth, but it also shows how frail we are. We are but dust. And that means two really big things.

First, we were created this way by God. We were created fallible, able to fall. If you read Genesis 3 you see we did fall and I prove that we fell in Adam every day when I do not do what God says is right. We were created by God frail, weak and needing him.

Second big thought, God knows us. The verses in this section of Psalm 103 are fascinating.

God is righteous and just (verse 6)

God reveals his ways to us (verse 7)

God is merciful and gracious (verse 8)

God does not deal with us as our sins deserve (verse 9-10)

God’s love for us is higher than the heavens (verse 11)

God’s forgives our sin by moving them from us as far away as east is from west. (verse 12)

God is like a compassionate father for us (verse 13)

In light of all of those wonderful things about God verse 14 says, he knows our frame and remembers we are but dust.

This applies to our lives today in two ways. God knows how frail you are so even if you are not a Christian, or you do not even believe there is a God, he still shows mercy to you because he continues to hold together the molecules of your lungs and mouth while you use them to deny that he is there. (Hebrews 1:1-3)

God knows how frail you are. So when too-much-to-handle suffering into the life of Christians, they can rest assured he is with them during that suffering. During the loss of life, house, job, God knows your frailty and he is with you. But let me add, he is with those who are Christians in a much different way than he is with those who are not.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Those who love God are those who have made Jesus the boss of their lives. They have abandoned their way of doing things, they have stopped trusting in themselves to make themselves acceptable to God, and they have thrown themselves upon the mercy of Jesus, the death and resurrection of Jesus. God knows they are frail, he remembers they are dust, and he treats us with mercy.