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December 20, 2017

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Reading along with us in Psalm 31-40? Here’s today’s reading:

Psalm 39 (ESV)

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.”
I was mute and silent;
    I held my peace to no avail,
and my distress grew worse.
    My heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

“O Lord, make me know my end
    and what is the measure of my days;
    let me know how fleeting I am!
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! Selah
    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!....Continue Reading

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  1. 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!

    Today is my birthday and this is such a cool reminder! Our time is limited, in fact a mere breath in the grand scheme of time and eternity. We don’t have time to waste. Now is the time to get right with God, now is the time to love him with all our hearts, now is the time to be an exampl of his love to everyone we know and meet.

  2. Interesting picture to put a muzzle on my (our) mouth(s). There is certainly more precedent in the Word to listen more than we speak and we have another reminder of that here. But our ultimate answer is not in silence or speaking when we realize how finite we are. How subject we are to the vagaries of time, circumstances and people. The only place of confidence is placing our hope in God (v.7). His presence is a place of love and consolation, but oh to be separate from Him. To set a course against God is a lonely and desperate place. It is only fitting for God to discipline us when we are there And that should not be fun or easy. It seems like that is what David is experiencing as the Psalm closes, just not sure if it is just perceived or actual. Good think to talk about .

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