We are reminded of our sinfulness but then we hear of the perfection of God. Note how those that wait upon the Lord . . . shall inherit the earth (Ps. 37:9). Every day is precious and fleeting; let us be thankful and not waste much of our lives on mere earthly pleasures and material things (39:1-6).
David sat watching a fire burning and recorded: While I was musing the fire burned (Ps. 39:3), its bright flames slowly turned to ashes. He was reminded of how the most satisfying life soon fades and ends in death. This is a reminder to all of us that life will soon end. David then prayed: Lord, make me to know . . . the measure (brevity) of my days (life) (39:4). David realized how easy it is to get so caught up with material achievements that we neglect our most important purpose in life. Opportunities for fulfilling the will of God will soon be no more (39:13). David's prayer points out that the brevity of life is an issue everyone should consider, not just senior citizens. Compared to eternity, earthly life is very, very short. Yet, strangely enough, it is easy to be so involved with daily activities that we do not take seriously that we are just one breath away from death. How could we forget that the breath of life is the gift of God to each one of us. He can and will take it away when it is our time to finish this life.
In our brief journey on earth, we may sometimes retrace our steps or repeat a task; but wasted time can never be recovered. This points out how seriously we need to consider how we can be more effective and to take advantage of every opportunity to wholeheartedly serve Him. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is (Eph. 5:15-17). Only as we read through the Bible will we fully know what God expects of us and how we should serve Him.
Much of our time and energy are devoted to preparations for earthly pleasures. Many make the fatal mistake of waiting too long for a "convenient time" to serve the Lord. But the clock of time will stop all too soon and without notice. Just as the sun is seen rising in the east, it will soon set in the west, and another day brings us that much closer to eternity. For the majority of us, death will come unexpectedly, and much sooner than we think.
It is of utmost importance that we reconsider our secular goals. Do they rob us of opportunities to seek . . . first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness ( Matt. 6:33)?
Thought for Today:
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you . . . and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matt. 5:44).
As the Fountain of Life (and the) Light (Ps. 36:9). In Him was Life; and the Life was the Light of men. . . . That was the True Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:4-9; comp. 4:10,14; Rev. 22:1).
36:7 put their trust under =b> take refuge in; 38:2 presseth me sore =b> your punishment presses heavily upon me; 38:8 roared =b> groaned with anguish; 38:11 sore =b> afflictions.
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Optional Reading: Colossians 4
NOTE: Bible Pathway covers the Old Testament with devotional and commentary insights over a nine-month period, January through September. Each day during these months, an optional reading of one chapter a day from the New Testament will also be listed. The October, November, and December issues will provide a daily commentary on the New Testament readings. Thus, the reader goes through the New Testament twice each year using the Bible Pathway plan.
Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 6:34