Thursday, April 1
Scripture: Deuteronomy 27-28, Psalm 39, Romans 4
Psalm 39:4–5 Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is. 5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.
In this beautiful psalm, David reflects on his life, particularly in relation to his opponents who are making it difficult. In v. 4-5, he muses on the brevity of life. He asks God to show him “my life’s end” (it’s boundaries or borders) and “the number of my days” (all our days are numbered; we aren’t here forever). He wants to know “how fleeting my life is”—how short-lived, frail and transient. His life is a mere handbreadth—only inches long—and “is as nothing before you.” In truth, “everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.”
James 4:14 What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Fleeting, a handbreadth, a breath, a mist…life is short!
The point of all this is not despair, but purpose. If life is short, make it count. If you don’t know the number of your days, don’t waste them! How many people have faced an early death and thought, “If only I’d known that I didn’t have much time, I would have done this or that.”
Last night as I was going to sleep, I thought about my day. Did I make it count? Did I invest in others? Did I do God’s will? Did I make a difference? I told the Lord that I want to make the most of each day; I want my life to count, to make a difference. I don’t want to waste my one and only life here on earth. No regrets!
I’ve also been struck lately by a number of people who died young, unexpectedly. We think we have forever—or at least 70 or 80 or 90 years (my aunt just turned 100 last week). But we don’t know that. We don’t know the number of our days—just that they are numbered. So live with purpose.
I’m reminded of Kerry Shook’s book, One Month to Live: 30 Days to a No-regrets Life. We did a series on it a few years ago. How would you live if you knew you only had a month? The point (again) is not despair, but purpose. Live each day so that you die with no regrets!
Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Make the most of your one and only life! How will I live today, what will I do to make my life count?
Prayer: Lord, teach me to number my days, and so to live each day with purpose and joy!