A lack of self-esteem is often blamed for man’s troubles. John Piper asserts that self-esteem is the gospel of the modern age. However, such ought not be the case for the slave of God.
“There is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self.” “The healing of the soul begins by restoring the glory of God to its flaming, all-attracting pace at the center.” “Sometimes people stumble over [the] vastness [of the universe] in relation to the apparent insignificance of man. It does seem to make us infinitesimally small. But the meaning of this magnitude is not mainly about us. It’s about God. ‘The heavens declare the glory of God,’ says the Scripture. The reason for ‘wasting’ so much space on a universe to house a speck of humanity is to make a point about our Maker, not us. ‘Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these [stars]? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing’ (Isaiah 40:26).” Man can only find true healing for his soul through recognizing the greatness of God and giving Him the worship He is due.
(quotes taken from John Piper, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, 13-15)