Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 15, 2016

“Surely every man at his best is a mere breath.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 39.

“I said, “I will guard my ways
That I may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle
While the wicked are in my presence.”
I was mute and silent,
I refrained even from good,
And my sorrow grew worse.
My heart was hot within me,
While I was musing the fire burned;
Then I spoke with my tongue:
Lord, make me to know my end
And what is the extent of my days;
Let me know how transient I am.
“Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths,
And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight;
Surely every man at his best is a mere breathSelah.
“Surely every man walks about as a phantom;
Surely they make an uproar for nothing;
He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in You.
“Deliver me from all my transgressions;
Make me not the reproach of the foolish.
“I have become mute, I do not open my mouth,
Because it is You who have done it.
10 “Remove Your plague from me;
Because of the opposition of Your hand I am perishing.
11 “With reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity;
You consume as a moth what is precious to him;
Surely every man is a mere breathSelah.

12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent at my tears;
For I am a stranger with You,
A sojourner like all my fathers.
13 “Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again
Before I depart and am no more.”  Psalm chapter 39.

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Other doctrine is proud.

Reformed Doctrine is humble.

Other doctrine thinks it has all the time and that it can do everything.

Reformed Doctrine recognizes how fleeting life is and that God can do everything.

Nevertheless, other doctrine rushes to apply its own wisdom and will even though it thinks it has all the time.

Nevertheless, Reformed Doctrine waits for the Lord even though it recognizes how fleeting life is.

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in You.
“Deliver me from all my transgressions;
Make me not the reproach of the foolish.”  Verses 7-8.

“My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.”  Psalm 62:1.


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