Know the Measure of Human Days
Why is this dog wearing a muzzle? So he won’t bite! King David used this device as an illustration for containing his own tongue – he recognized how harmful and damaging an unguarded tongue can be! Have you ever heard the saying:
Three things you can never get back: spent time, the speeding bullet, and the spoken word.
How hurtful and damaging our words can be . . . like knives, our words cut deep; unfortunately, the wounds caused by words can’t be stitched up! May we remember this and say with King David, "I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle!"
David spends much time in Psalm 39 focusing on the brevity of life. In verse 5, he likens life to a vapor.
|Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths,|
And my age is nothing before You;
Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor.
~ Psalm 39:5
|For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time, then vanishes away. ~ James 4:14|
And now Lord, what do I wait for?My hope is in You. ~ Ps. 39"7
His question is answered by the hope & expectation of the child of God, which is not disappointed.
I heard a quote once: To be truly free is to no longer fear death.
It seems like Paul was at that perfect peace in this matter – consider his words in Philippians 1:24
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain . . . for I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless, to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.
- WHAT CAN I LEARN ABOUT GOD THROUGH THIS PSALM:
- God knows all my days
- My hope is in God alone
- This life is a vapor
- God hears my prayers
HOW CAN I PRAISE GOD THROUGH THIS PSALM:
- I praise the Lord that my anxiety is eased because I know my days and times are in His hand! What comfort & assurance!
- I praise the Lord that my hope is in Him
Father, how grateful I am that I am Your child! How you ease my anxious heart. Forgive me, O Lord, when I trust You so little. I am weak, yet You are strong. Bear me up in my frailty.
Father, if it would please You, grant me length of years to love my family on this earth – to be a wife to my husband and a mother to my sons. Thank You for these priceless blessings You’ve poured out in my life, and for every member of my family. May I fill those roles in such a way that brings glory & honor to You.
When it is my time to die, O Lord, may I not be afraid, but sweetly enter into Your Presence with joy and singing. The unknown can be so frightening, Lord – give me courage & strength!