My family is originally from western North Carolina. Our home town is surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. People from all over the world come to see our mountains during the changing of the leaves in the fall season. Words just can't do justice to the splendor of the colorful canvas of orange, yellow, red, and brown trees that decorate the mountains. We are very proud of our mountains.
When I moved here I gained new perspective. Surrounding the valley where we live now are "mountains" that are the same height and similar shape to our mountains back in North Carolina. The people here, however, call these "mountains" hills. They will actually laugh at you if you call them mountains. Why? Because off into the distance behind these hills is a mountain range that towers high above these tiny mounds of dirt. The majestic white-capped giants are several miles away and still they dominate the hill area as if the hills were nothing more than tiny ant colonies.
It's time to gain a little perspective.
Psalm 36:1-2 "The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful."
In man's own eyes, he is big. He is in control. He doesn't need to fear anyone, even God, because he flatters himself with the thoughts of how strong and powerful he is. He boasts and brags. He makes confident plans.
Psalm 36:3-4 "The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil."
He doesn't take thought of how little and weak and helpless he really is. He is like a tiny ant in an ant colony and yet he sees himself as Mount Everest. He imagines he is master of the universe. He is big... in his own eyes.
And then there is God...
Psalm 36:5-7 "Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings."
His mercy cannot be contained. His lovingkindness is immeasurable. His righteousness towers high above the works of men. His judgments are deeper than the ocean. His safety covers His children like the wing of a massive eagle casting a great shadow of safety over all those who trust in Him... all of them at one time. Our God is big. He is powerful. He is truly in control. And He is worthy of adoration and fear.
Imagine me looking down at a tiny ant hill and calling it a mountain. Imagine me boasting of its greatness and power and majesty. Then imagine me standing at the foot of Mount Everest. I can simply step on the ant hill and collapse its peak without any effort, and yet Mount Everest has only been scaled by a handful of people throughout history. It has claimed many lives in their attempt to reach its summit. Even the most skilled climbers respect the dangers the deadly high peak poses to its challengers.
Who are we to boast in ourselves and make confident plans? Who are we to flatter ourselves thinking we have power and control? We are but tiny ants totally dependent on His mercy, lovingkindness, righteousness, judgments, and protection. God is big and it is prudent for us to learn the fear of the Lord.