Who Am I?

The song “Who Am I?” by Mark Hall of the musical group Casting Crowns, begins: “Who Am I, that the Lord of all the earth would care to know my name, would care to feel my hurt?”

In this song, Hall compares our lives to “a flower quickly fading, here today and gone tomorrow. . . a vapor in the wind.” He reflects, “When we understand how small we really are and how awesome God is, then God’s love become bigger to us.”

I am reminded of David’s question in Psalm 8. When he considered the heavens the moon, and the stars, he was amazed by the God of the universe who created them and holds them together. In awe, he asked, “What is man that You are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:4).

Why are we the object of God’s love and care and thoughts? In song, Hall answers the question this way: “Not because of who I am, but because of what You’ve done; not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are.”

Who is God? He is love. What has God done? He gave His only Son Jesus to die for us and pay the penalty for our sins (1John 4:7-9). No wonder we want to shout with the psalmist: “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1-9).

Anne Cetas

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God loves us, not because of who we are, but because of who He is.

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