Daily Devotion: Humans are Limited

Psalm 22:6, But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.

Christ, on the cross, is known for crying out the beginning of this psalm, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me!” In this cry, Christ prayed the entire psalm. Thus, this psalm is ultimately about Christ, crying out in agony to God the Father because He forsook Him on the cross, the fate we justly deserve but Christ suffered for us. He died not as a man, but as a worm, scorned and despised by everyone, even the disciples. Christ died utterly alone.

Yet the psalm ends in hope, that “[the coming generation] shall come and proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn, that He has done it” (v. 31). That He has done it. Hence Christ’s famous last words before He died, “It is finished.”

As Christ was scorned and despised by all people, so we, too, shall be scorned and despised. It is not difficult to find places where Christians are scorned and despised, even in America. This should come as no surprise. In an individualistic society, why wouldn’t they hate God and those who say they’re not free to be whatever they want? Freedom does not mean “no restrictions.” Freedom, despite its implications, comes with limitations, and limitations that are ultimately good for us.

A mother, out of love for her child, sets limitations because she knows what is best for her child whilst the child does not know what’s best for him. The child is free but limited, lest he hurt himself. This is the freedom God gives His children—freedom to love Him and freedom to do the Law, nevertheless with certain limitations He sets upon us as finite creatures.

Man believes himself to be limitless. If man were limitless, we would not need science to fathom how the world functions. If man were limitless, we would not create our own gods to get away from the One True God. To be human is to be limited. To be human is to depend on God. To proclaim this to the world is to be treated not as human but as a worm, scorned and despised. Yet do not fret, for Christ’s work for you is done. You will be treated as a worm for your faith, but regardless of godless resistance, Christ will be proclaimed to the ends of the earth in each coming generation.

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