Chapter-a-Day Psalm 39

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
    Remind me that my days are numbered—
    how fleeting my life is.
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 39:4-5 (NLT)

A week or two ago I had a friend explain to me why it is the longer you live, the faster things seem to speed up. When we are young, he said, we have so little of life to think about or remember. At 5, our cognitive memories only remembers about 2 years of experiences. Each day is a much larger percentage of the total time spent in the journey and seems like a much bigger percentage of our total life span. At 50, our mental disk drive is closer to capacity and our 47 years or so of memories fills the sectors of our brain. Each day is, by comparison, a much smaller step against the long road we’ve already traversed and therefore it seems shorter, more minute, and fleeting.

Sitting here today and looking back, it makes sense. When we are young our whole lives are ahead of us and we think ceaselessly about where we will go on the journey and what we will do with our lives. Then, along the way, you begin looking back and realizing there is more road behind you than before you.

Today, I’m ruminating on Jesus’ words to live in the moment and to worry only about today. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is neither promised nor guaranteed. We only have this day. I pray you and I make this day a good day no matter where it finds us in relation to the entirety of our journey.

3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 39”

  1. 5 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.”

    A great speaker once spoke about our time on the continuum of life as “just a dot”. It’s a message I will never forget. It puts into perspective our impact and existance over the whole of the world, but also speaks to the urgency to live well since our time is short. Who gave that message?

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