Being on the margins of life is not at all an attractive prospect. In the world that we live, a great many people have been relegated to the margins to lead an inhuman existence. And of those people who are fortunate not to have been totally reduced to such a helpless and ignored estate, many are still made to undergo marginalization for various reasons. The most prominent reasons being the ill will of other people and the misfortunes of life.
David portrays such a situation from his own experience.
He says that – he has ‘been forgotten like one who is dead;’ that he has ‘become like a broken vessel.’ Psalm 31:12
The analogy cannot be better than these –
- A dead person is forgotten, except by the few that really matter. A dead person fades from the memory and life of others and life simply goes on for those who are still alive.
- A broken vessel also remains somewhere, collecting dust and harboring insects. It is no longer taken into consideration. It is never thought about.
Being marginalized and considered forgotten is very painful.
Yet David finds his confidence and discovers meaning for life in God.
“But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, ‘You are my God.’
My times are in your hand….” (Psalm 31:14,15)
What do we do when life pushes us to the margins and we are rendered helpless by circumstances? We become prone to lose our confidence to live out our potential and our dreams just fade away to the realm of the impossible.
Our life can take sharp turns and the landscape may just change drastically. And this is the reality of the life that we all live.
David had more than his fair share of setbacks, intense sufferings, and even shameful failures. However, he was helped, delivered, and also, forgiven by God for his sins. God restored his life time and again and he was enabled by God to rise above his defeating circumstances and to find his life meaningful.
So, for you who are finding yourselves marginalized, forgotten, helpless – kindly lift up your eyes and look at your Savior God who chose to be on the margins with the people there. Remember that He also chose to die on the cross, outside the camp/city, taking the sins and guilt of the whole world. His death on the cross was the ultimate symbol of being marginalized, erased, eliminated, and rendered helpless. Yet He conquered death and rose again.
He died and rose again and He can truly help people like you and me, to either come out of the margins or to live in spite of being marginalized. Let us look forward to the city built by God where nobody will be marginalized and everyone will be esteemed, forever and ever.