Psalm 39: 4 “Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. 5 You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight. Surely everyone stands as a mere breath. 6 Surely everyone goes about like a shadow. Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; they heap up, and do not know who will gather.”
This is another psalm written by King David. Seems to me there are three main ideas in these few verses. First, David asks the Lord to reveal how much time he has left in this life. I’m not sure I would want to know the answer to that question. Would you? Second, whatever the answer is, it is “a mere breath”. In other words, from the perspective of eternity, it is shockingly brief. The older I get the more this resonates. Thirdly, David points out the futility in giving so much of a short life trying to accumulate material things – which ultimately end up in the hands of someone else.
Heavenly Father, life is certainly short. Give me grace to make good use of whatever time I have left. Amen.