A HANDBREATH OF DAYS


Psalm 39:1  To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me

2  I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. 

3  My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, 

4  LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. 

5  Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. 

It is time to truly recognize who and what we are in this world. We find the Psalmist contemplating one of the more evil ways that man can sin and that is with the tongue. We find lying tongues today that mislead people and they end up following a wrong path to destruction. That bridle is used to guide away from wrong and point to right and proper paths. He guards his tongue, as we all should.

We then see the Psalmist as he is reflecting about life before the fire. From what is written, he might have been thinking of life how he had achieved so much. This brought some thoughts about pride. Look what I have done is what sometimes possesses the thoughts of man. Reflection should reveal the brevity of man. Life is short. I have not reached the time of an octogenarian but I am a senior citizen. My mind tells me that I am not that far removed from being a teenager fresh out of high school. Now, I am at the age that people say, do you need help with that? If I had known the “measure of my days,” I might have change some things in my life. Fresh out of high school, I simply could not die. I took chances that I would not take today. The Psalmist said, “that I may know how frail I am.” Man is frail. Life can end sudden. Life rushes on and too soon we see the end of life coming and what have I done for the Lord? What have I done for my family? What have I done for my Church? I see the end of life, not far ahead. May I leave this life serving my Savior and Master, Jesus Christ.

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