Wednesday, February 8, 2012

150 Days of Psalms - Psalm 39

Life is short.

I look for pictures each day to go with the Psalm of the day. So I typed into Google "mortal man is only a vapor" and hit search. Somehow it decided to search for "life is short." It's not quite as poetic, but I guess it sums it all up.

There were several pictures that suggested you eat whatever you want since life is short.

There were some that were rather off-color - life is short so be rude. I won't post those pictures.

Here's one that was funny. The picture doesn't match the quote, but it's a good one.

One was obviously put up by a librarian.

Verse 6 talks about how we rush around in vain, gathering possessions. It sums up a lot of America's thoughts.

But the David (the psalmist) contrasted the "get what you can while you can" attitude with his desire.
v.7 "Now, Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in You"

This all reminds me of Jesus' words found in Mark 8:36 NASB

"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?

Let me encourage you to use today's Psalm as a reminder to set priorities in your life based on knowing God and His word. Join David in saying "My hope is in You."

Another good topic to discuss today would be vs.1-2. I'll let you think of your own little devotion on these verses.

1 comment:

Phyllis Hobson said...

I have a card my sister gave me that states "Life is too short to be ordinary" and is has a little girl all dressed up in colorful, fun clothes, big sunglasses, jewelry... I try to keep that one in mind. I've had a few close people in my life die "young" (20, 37, 40), so the "Life is Short" makes me think that we are not promised a long life... Verse 4 really does sum that up well.

Okay, so I've been silent long enough, I'll take on verses 2-3. :) I saw those verses in my devotional time, and had a discussion with Jerry last night about this topic in general. I saw something about "If you had a superpower what would it be, how would your life be different?" The article went on to state that we have one, of sorts, in the fact that our tongues can wage wars, or lift someone up. There's so much written about that topic (probably because it can cause so many problems!). One person, in a Wednesday night church discussion some months back, made the comment that "words can be either water or gasoline on a fire." That stuck with me.

In my discussion with Jerry I told him how I am trying to THINK about my words, kind of filter them through the sieve of "will this uplift, be positive, or helpful" when I say something - whether it be retelling an incident that happened, commenting on something the person did. It's not an easy process. I see more in hindsight, though I have made some progress. Words, who knew how powerful they could be!

Last quote which I heard a coworker say (and I may have put this in a blog before): There is such a thing as an unspoken thought.