Today From Psalms
Today I Live
Almost since the beginning of time man has sought for ways to extend the days of his life or find the fountain of youth. The truth is, we all come to the end of our days and pass from this life into eternity. The very fact the man seeks ways to extend his life or find some “magic” to make him eternally youthful attests to the reality that we all die.
The writer of Psalm 39 was keenly aware of this. “Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.” Psalms 39:4-5
First, he asks God to make him understand that our life on this earth does not go on without end. Hebrews 9:27 says; “It is appointed unto men once to die.”
Living successfully is living with the reality of this always in our mind. This does not mean we live morbidly or with un-reasonable fear of death. But it helps us keep things in perspective.
Then he speaks of the brevity of the life we do live. No matter how long we live, it is nothing compared to eternity. “Mine age is as nothing before thee.” Before the God who is eternal our time on earth is hardly comparable.
Knowing the certainty that life will come to an end and what life I have is brief; how should we live? In verse 7 the psalmist asks that question: “And now, Lord, what wait I for?” The answer is simple; “My hope is in Thee.”
For all of our days “faith” is the needed quality to guide us. Not faith in “something” but “My hope is in Thee.” Our faith must be in the eternal God.
Today I live. Tomorrow I may or may not die. I will live today with faith in God.
I do not worry. I do not fret. I will live today in the joy of the Lord.