Life Like a Hand Against the Sky

You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
    My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
    at best, each of us is but a breath.”
Psalm 39:5

The writer of today’s psalm finds time to simply think about his life.  Let’s go right away to verses 4 and 5. 

“Lord remind me how brief my time on earth will be.  Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away.  My life is no longer than the width of my hand.  An entire lifetime is just a  moment to you; human existence is but a breath.”  (New Living Translation)

I’m old enough to be your grandfather.  Yet it doesn’t seem very long ago that I looked at myself in a mirror when I was five years old.  I can still see my young face.  I had a great feeling of thanks to God for creating me.   

The next time you’re outside, lift up one arm.  The width of your hand is very small against the sky stretched out before you.  How short our lifetime is against the big stretch of God’s life flowing on and on forever.  Compared with God, our lives are just like one breath.  But when we die, we’ll live on and on with God.

Psalm 39

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

With you, Lord, my future bright v. 4
Human life is but a breath. v. 5
All my things will pass away. v. 6
Listen, Lord, when I am sad v. 12

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We read the Psalms in numerical order on Wednesdays

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