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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Birthday Musings

I recently turned 39. It is surely a universal sentiment of all who turn 39,  but it must be said that it is difficult to believe that I am on the eve of being 40 years old. I'm surprised to realize that the passing of time is more burdensome than I expected. Even as I "look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come," I confess that I hold tightly--too tightly no doubt--to my life in this world.

So it was startling to open my Bible on the morning of my birthday and discover that my devotional reading happened to have me reading Psalm 39. Funny but meaningless coincidence, I thought. Coincidence shifted to Divine Providence when I proceeded to read the Psalm.

1 I said, "I will guard my ways,
that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard my mouth with a muzzle,
so long as the wicked are in my presence."

2 I was mute and silent;
I held my peace to no avail,
and my distress grew worse.

3 My heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:

4 "O LORD, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!

5 Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!

6 Surely a man goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!

7 "And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in you.
8 Deliver me from all my transgressions.
Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
9  I am mute; I do not open my mouth,
for it is you who have done it.
10  Remove your stroke from me;
I am spent by the hostility of your hand.

11 When you discipline a man
with rebukes for sin,
you consume like a moth what is dear to him;
surely all mankind is a mere breath!

12  "Hear my prayer, O LORD,
and give ear to my cry;
hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am a sojourner with you,
a guest, like all my fathers.
13  Look away from me, that I may smile again,
before I depart and am no more!"

Indeed, we are sojourners here, guests like all our fathers. May I spend my moments delighting in the LORD and remembering that He is my hope.


Kellie said...

I only have a couple more months as a 39-year-old, so I can totally relate. I love that God gave you Psalm 39 for your birthday -- what a good reminder. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

P.S. I finally got my book list up today!

Sharon said...

That reminds me so much of Job, and how little he had to say when finally faced with the LORD Almighty. I used the last chapters of Job as my basis for the children's church sermonette a week ago on the topic of "We believe God our Father is the Maker of the Universe". It really puts us in our proper perspective, doesn't it.

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