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Deep in our hearts, we long to be significant. We want our life to matter. We want our presence here to mean something. This is not some self-seeking maneuver to be in the spotlight, but to ensure that our time on earth was used effectively to bless others and bring glory to God. However, in a world of over six billion people, it’s hard to feel very significant or to think you’ve made much of an impact with your life!

As our understanding of the enormity of the universe expands, we find it even harder to believe that our presence means much in the scheme of things—after all, we’re just one person, from a small blue planet, in the middle of such an enormous and unfathomable universe. Stack on top of this the culturally entrenched assumption that human beings are only a chance distillation of random genetic mutations scattered over billions of years, and it’s easy to become convinced that we struggle with significance and sanctity of human life.

The Bible, of course, is full of affirmations that God knows us personally. If God knows about falling sparrows and the number of the hairs on our head, then surely he knows us individually (Matthew 10:29-31). But how do we existentially experience this truth? How do we move our knowledge down from our head to the core of our souls? How do we silence the voice of insignificance that screams in our heart when life is tough and doubt colors each breath? Matthew 10

29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.



That’s where the Psalms can come to the rescue. While we may intellectually accept the proclamations of Scripture that we are important to God, we often need to experience this truth. The Psalms are a collection of Spirit-inspired prayers, praises, complaints, and cries for help. They cover the gamut of human emotions. Most importantly of all, they give us words to let our current emotional and physical conditions find articulation before God and with others. We can be honest with God in the presence of others while being connected to the great line of faithful witnesses who have said these words before. In addition, we get to say many of these Psalms from a first person perspective, driving home the point that these are not just community truths, they are personal realities as well.

"The Lord is MY shepherd... he leads ME... even though I walk through the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. ...your rod and your staff comfort ME." "Your hand will guide ME, your right hand will hold Me fast... you created MY inmost being; you knit Me together in MY mother’s womb... Search ME, O God, and know MY heart..."

These incredibly honest and personal words from Psalms 23 and 139 are just a small taste of what the Psalms offer us. This God-approved songbook allows us to personally worship. The Psalms remind us that God wants our relationship with him to be personal, genuine, and honest as we reverently approach him in faith.

We are not just part of a herd or a flock, but we are known to God personally by name (John 10:3, 14). John 10

3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.


He has chosen to come live inside us by his Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17-19) and to give us specific gifts to bless his people (1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; 1 Peter 4). 1 Cor 6

17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?


Even in those moments when we can’t articulate what is on our hearts, he uses this powerful Presence in us to intercede with "sighs too deep for words" conveying our needs "according to the will of God" (Romans 8:26-27). Romans 8

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which canot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

So if you catch yourself wondering about your significance, I encourage you to open up God’s songbook, the Psalms. Begin to read looking for the words that give your heart a voice. As you read, let God remind you that he knows your heart and longs to remind you that you have significance as his child—a child he knows, loves, and in whom he lives.

Oh yeah, one final thing. If you are personally significant to God, then he’s got a plan and purpose for you. So don’t just sit there. Significant people do significant things to bless others and glorify God. When they do, they experience God’s presence and their own significance by being used for his glory.

by Phil Ware © 2000 Heartlight, Inc.


 Last updated  April 09, 2016