Monday, August 04, 2014

Psalm 39

I've been reading through the Psalms this year during my morning "quiet time." I read, ponder, and jot down my thoughts and questions. The psalms are much more than lovey-dove songs of worship. I've questioned the anger, the violence, and the honesty expressed by the authors. I shouldn't be surprised, of course, because the psalms were written by people just like us: sometimes full of faith and spiritual wisdom, sometimes upset with life and frustrated by our God who doesn't always answer the way we hope or expect.

Following are my thoughts from Psalm 39.

Since my time on earth is brief, fleeting, a moment, a breath - why should God care about me? I guess because he sees eternity. It's really hard to wrap my little brain around it.

Verse 6 says, "We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing." So much for all our hecticity! I made that word up :) Oh, if I could just put this truth into my heart and soul. I'm not as busy outwardly as many people, but on the inside I'm a veritable whirling dervish. Oh, Lord, let me stop. Let me have such peace on the inside that it oozes onto those around me. It's a delightful picture, but is it me? I can't quite see it. Maybe instead of oozing, I could use the word bubbling. Peaceful bubbling. Better!

Since we are just moving shadows, verse 7 follows very nicely. "And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you."

Lord, I'm a traveler passing through. I'm your guest on this earth. Please leave me alone so I can smile again (verses 12 & 13). Oh, you gotta love David :)

There's much more in Psalm 39, but that's how my brain went this morning.

We're not here for long, so let's enjoy the path set before us, remembering that we are guests on this earth. Eternity awaits.

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