THE STORY OF JESUS: Psalm 39
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days…” (Psalm 39:4)
This psalm speaks to the real struggle we all face as we consider the brevity of life.
The psalmist is getting old, and is increasingly feeling the burden of life.
Life is short; it doesn’t seem that way when we’re young, but more so as we get older.
It seems like yesterday that I was in high school, anticipating my life adventures.
Now I am over 50, and everything seems a blur… where has the time gone?
We are all getting older, our bodies don’t work as well as they used to.
Many are discovering that the golden years are not so golden after all.
As a Jesus follower, I can see my life as a part of God’s kingdom purpose.
My burdens and struggles, my diminishing time and strength are not the last word.
“Though outwardly wasting away, inwardly we are renewed day by day. Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. We fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow… this is how we hang on through old age!
With David we entrust our lives to the Lord and say, “my hope is in the Lord!” (Psalm 39:7)
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, remind me that the brevity of this life is just one chapter. The next chapter will endure for eternity!