A Reminder We all Need
“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered - how fleeting my life is.” Psalm 39:4
Time really does seem to fly. It seems like only yesterday that I was graduating high school and I had my whole life in front of me. At 18 years of age, it felt as if it was an eternity until I would reach the ripe old age of 50. As I look back, what I thought would take forever now seems like a blink of the eye.
I was reading Psalm 39 in my devotion time and I came across a great reminder in verse 4 above that I would love to share with you in this article. We all need to be reminded of how brief our time is here on earth and just how fleeting life can be. We have all seen visible reminders of this when we see young people pass away each year.
God has used this verse in my heart to help me slow down a little bit and enjoy all that God has blessed me with. We all can get in such a hurry and miss out on appreciating the blessings that God has bestowed upon us. God has given me a great wife and three incredible daughters. He has also blessed me with an incredible platform to minister to students and families each week here at Metrolina.
If we are not careful, we all can get a little off focus and spend our time wishing for things we do not have or need and many times even wishing our lives away. How do I know this? I wonder who would be honest and admit that so many weeks we wish for Friday to be here and dread the coming of Monday. Too many times we live the mantra of “I have to go to work” rather than “I get to go to work.”
In addition, we will work our fingers to the bone so that we can get more stuff all the while missing what might really be important in this life. Verses 6 and 7 of Psalm 39 describe all of this when it says:
“We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.”
I do not know about you but I do not want to spend the remainder of my days as a moving shadow rushing around and accomplishing nothing of eternal value. My heart’s desire is that I might spend my time making a difference in the lives of others for the cause of Christ.
Also, I want to teach others the truth of Psalm 39:4 so that they might not only live their lives on mission but also recognize the urgency of time to do so. As Abraham Lincoln once said: “In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”