Our TRUE Nature
Category : General
Ps.92: 6 (KJV)
6A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
It is said, “Training may produce a great change in animals; education may turn the stolid rustic into an intelligent, cultured scholar; but there is something greater than any advantage which education may confer–that is, the capacity of union and communion with God of lifting up the soul to the Most High.”
In this psalm we have a contrast between the animal and the spiritual life, the latter exulting in God, uttering His praise, receiving His thoughts, studying His works; the former cleaving to the earth, wallowing in the dust, with no ambition that soars higher than the husks which it eats, or the roof of the sty which it occupies. “A brutish man.” It is originally a compound expression–“a brute-man.” It is a degrading epithet, and it is employed in common daily life.
This is a sad picture and commentary that depicts man void of understanding (spiritually and physically) because the loving-kindness of the Lord, and his faithfulness, nor how to show them forth, nor his great works and deep thoughts, he does not know. Let us remember man was made originally far above the brute creatures, and had them all under his dominion; but, sinning, became like the beasts that perish; and is in Scripture often compared to one or other of them, as the horse, cattle, ass, wolves, mule (Ps.49: 20, 73: 22; Acts 20: 29; 2 Pt.2: 12-15; Jude 20). A brutish man is one that only knows things naturally, as brute beasts do, and in which also he corrupts himself. He is governed by sense, and not by reason, and much less by faith, which he has not. He is one that indulges his sensual appetite, whose god is his belly, and minds nothing but earth and earthly things; and, though he has an immortal soul, has no more care of it, and concern about it, than a beast that has none. He lives like one, without fear or shame; and in some things acts below them, and at last dies, as they do, without any thought of, or regard unto, a future state
Man is considered to be like the brute beast when he is ruled by appetite, not by conscience. A man will sometimes attempt to justify his avarice, his pride, his vindictiveness, his sensuality by saying that he is only following the lead of passions which God has implanted in him. In essence he is saying that the light which “leads astray is light from heaven,” that God has created the appetite in his nature. Yes, but God never intended it to rule or lead. He intended it to serve, to be under the control of reason and conscience and religious principle. Man is also considered to be like the brute beast when he eats and drinks, labor and does not worship. We see and know that an individual who is bent on acquiring wealth, who sacrifices everything on the altar of Mammon. He is shrewd, quick to take advantage of the favorable breeze, successful, makes his “pile,” as they say to get and gather all they can. However, they are working blindly? Yes, blindly; the reason being, he has never discerned the meaning of what he is doing, he has never appraised the course at its right value, never estimated its bearing, its consequences to his moral nature; he is like a mole, scratching and burrowing in the dust, with no eye for the broad universe, and the light of God that floods it. And there is no thought of the future. He degrades himself to an equality with the brute, forgetting that while the beast “goes downwards to the earth,” the spirit of man “goeth upward,” and that man shall receive in another state “according to that he hath done in the body, whether it be good or bad.”
This is added with propriety, to let us know that the fault lies with ourselves, in not praising the Divine God and His judgments as we ought. For although the Psalmist had spoken of them as deep and mysterious, he here informs us that they would be discerned without difficulty, were it not for our stupidity and indifference. In short, the Psalmist vindicates the incomprehensible wisdom of God from that contempt which proud men have often cast upon it, charging them with folly and madness in acting such a part; and he would arouse us from that insensibility which is too prevalent, to a due and serious consideration of the mysterious works of God. This is our true nature without God.
Have a great and godly day!