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A Season of Psalms - 39: 4-5, 12-13

Psalm 39:4-5, 12-13

O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!...Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers. Look away from me, that I may smile again, before I depart and am no more!”

English Standard Version (ESV)

“Why me?” “How long is this going to last?” We don’t like uncertainty. We don’t like inconveniences and interruptions. We like for our lives to be ordered and controlled according to the plans of our own making. But when interruptions happen, when life happens, what will we do?

Psalm 39 reveals David crying out about his plight. Rather than ask “Why me?” and “How long?” David instead bites his tongue and longs for the end of his days when his pain will all be at an end. He recognizes his days are short, and his lifetime is a mere handbreadth in the vastness of God. Psalm 39 is reminiscent of the plight of Job, a blameless man who was struck down and anticipated the end of life. The calamities in the present circumstance were not worth fighting. David pleaded earnestly with God to hear his prayer and turn away His wrath so that David could have the pleasure of smiling just once more before he departs and is no more.

When we cry out, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous. He is mighty to save. When we’re hung up in hopelessness, He is there to lift us from the muck and mire and set our feet upon the rock. He hears our prayers and He’s here to help. No matter what we face, if we turn to Him, we will see His face. Whatever you may be facing today…Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace!

Further Reading: Job 3; Jonah 2

Pray with me:

Hear the cries of my heart today, Lord. Incline Your ear to my prayer. Be not far from me; show me that You are near. This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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