You try to hold it in, but sometimes you just blurt out what you’ve been thinking about – what’s on your heart! I read a passage during “coffee with the Lord” in which David, the Psalmist did just that… I have to admit, I agree wholeheartedly with what David blurted out… Here’s what he said…
“O LORD, help me understand my mortality and the brevity of life! Let me realize how quickly my life will pass! Look, you make my days short-lived, and my life span is nothing from your perspective. Surely all people, even those who seem secure, are nothing but vapor (in fact he said that twice in this Psalm – must have been something that really impressed him about that)… But now, O Lord, upon what am I relying? You are my only hope!” (Psalm 39:4–7, 11 the NET Bible)
I’ve watched people who seemed to exhibit vitality and health in a few months of disease waste away and quickly die! I’ve watched fortunes disappear overnight and turn rich, affluent, seemingly secure individuals into paupers. A freak car accident can turn a vibrant youth into a paraplegic. An aggressive virus or bacteria can rob a brilliant mind and leave it vacant and confused… What can I say? The Psalmist’s blurted word are true! His prayer is appropriate for us all. How does the Bible put it… “No one knows what a day may bring forth!” (Proverbs 27:1)
Months ago I stood at the top of a mountain… one moment I couldn’t see anything! A cloud covered everything from view. Seconds later, and a slight breeze dissipated the vapor of the cloud… a beautiful mountain scene greeted my gaze with majestic wildlife all around! Life is like that… one moment a tragedy… but with God the next moment can be eternal glory! Oh God, help me live this brief life (and make it count) with the eternal hope and horizon in view!