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“O LORD, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!”
Time flies when you’re having fun!
My family and I recently took a six-day vacation back to see family and friends in Minnesota. We were so excited. For weeks we talked through travel details, planned our packing list and shared in our excitement of seeing those that we love so much. The trip came and it was everything we’d hoped it would be! Everything was smooth, memorable and bucket-filling. But then, before we could blink, it was over. We made the very most of every moment we had and still the time felt fleeting.
David’s Psalm 39 is a staunch reminder of the shortness of life. He is seeking a reminder from God about just how measured our days truly are. Looking at the greater context of the Psalm, we can learn three quick lessons about how fleeting our lives are:
1) By knowing our days are short, we see how silly it is to gather wealth and live in turmoil with others.
2) By knowing our days are short, we deal with our sins more quickly.
3) By knowing our days are short, we hope more in God and less in our accomplishments.
Do you see life as a long, slow burn? Or do you live with urgency and appreciation for the moment at hand?
- Luke Brodeur