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“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
    Remind me that my days are numbered—
    how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
    My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
    at best, each of us is but a breath.” Interlude

We are merely moving shadows,
    and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
    not knowing who will spend it.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
    My only hope is in you.

Psalm 39:4-7

Life is a Breath

Why does David pray such a prayer? It’s no doubt that at this time he was experiencing some kind of difficulty, especially with his enemies constantly looking for ways to ruin his testimony. But what does he really mean by these verses?

In verse 4, he prays that God reminds him that life is short so that he would remember the importance of each day. I think we all need to be reminded of that because sometimes we live our lives as if we will live forever. Yet, in verse five David compares life to a breath and a single moment, but in verse six he says that we busy our lives filling our schedules with many things that don’t add any spiritual value.

We run this way and that way to stack up money and possessions, but when our life is over, the efforts that were invested in these things will be wasted. It’s good to have good things but does gaining good things in life have more weight than fulfilling your calling for Jesus Christ? If so the psalmist says that you have wasted your life especially if today was your last.

Our Only Hope

Lastly, David asks, “Where do I put my hope?” Ask yourself these questions today. When life is crashing down on you is your hope in the Lord? When you are at the end of your strength do you depend on the Lord? When you can’t find any other reason to live, is Jesus Christ your reason?

I’m trying to get you to understand something today because a great deception has clouded, in many instances, our acknowledgment of reality. The fact that life is hard many times and easy sometimes. People are snatched out of our lives and into eternity, and many times without warning. We receive a healthy portion of troubles every day.

The Bible says in Isaiah 57:1,

The righteous perishes, And no man takes it to heart; Merciful men are taken away, While no one considers That the righteous is taken away from evil.

Isaiah 57:1

The Consequences of Evil

We experience the consequences of sin every day, which are the effects of evil. This is the knowledge of good and evil. For some, they went to sleep in peace and woke up in calamity, but that’s just it. Everything that you’ve worked so hard for can be gone in an instant and If you don’t have Jesus there is no hope, but hope is available because the arms of Jesus are opened wide. He’s ready to be your Lord and Savior.

As Christians no matter what we face we are never alone because Jesus is with us and He is the reason why we live. At the end of our lives, nothing else matters. God determines the length of our days, but we determine what we do with them.

Matthew Henry says this about the effect death has on the wicked as opposed to the righteous:

“To the wicked man it is the end of all joys; to a godly man it is the end of all griefs.”

Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 39

Salvation Plan

Today, if you have not received Salvation or you would like to rededicate your life back to Christ, say this prayer:

God, I know that I am a sinner. Right now, Lord, I turn from my sins, and I ask you to forgive me. Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross and rose from the grave, for me. I open my heart and life for You to come in, and I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You, God for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read the Book of John in the Bible. Find out who Christ is, and how He loves you, yes you!

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