Sometimes dust is used metaphorically, such as, “The clouds are the dust of His feet” (Nahum 1:3); sometimes “dust” expresses an act of humility—Joshua 7:6; and often it denotes the actual dust of the ground.
- Creation. “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground” (Genesis 2:7). Man’s lowly origin and frailty.
- Confession. “Lord, what am I but dust and ashes?” (Genesis 18:27). To take a low place before God is to find a high place in Him.
- Conversion. “He raises up out of the dust” (1st Samuel 2:8). From the dust of sin, and shame, and self, the Lord raises to the realm of His salvation, love, and grace.
- Compassion. “He remembers we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). In His love He remembers we are of lowly origin and helps us in our weakness.
- Consecration. “Shake yourself from the dust” (Isaiah 52:2). Dusty garments are a disgrace, but the beautiful clothing of His grace beautifies us.
- Consideration. “I exalted you out of the dust” (1st Kings 16:2). What the Lord has done for us is worthy of our grateful consideration.
- Conquest. “His enemies shall lick the dust” (Psalm 72:9). When Christ reigns all shall submit to Him.