Verse 5: "You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. Selah"
Lord, it's gone by so fast! My life has been like a puff of smoke!
"Each man's life is but a breath. Selah"
The word "breath" is the word that is translated "meaningless" in the book of Ecclesiastes.
Ecclesiastes 1:2: "'Meaningless! Meaningless!' says the Teacher. 'Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless'" (NIV).
James 4:14: "Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away" (NASB).
Louis L'Amour said: "The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are travelling for."
Job 7:7: "Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath; my eyes will never see happiness again" (NIV).
Psalm 144:4: "Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow" (NIV).
At the conclusion of verse 5 we have a very well-placed "Selah": There! What do you think about that!?! This unseemly outburst ought to make you stop and think about the consequences of what has just been said.
Verse 6: "Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it."
You get the feeling David, in this unseemly outburst, vented his spleen! There are 3 things he said about men here: (1) "Men is a mere phantom as he goes to and from"; (2) "He bustles about, but only in vain"; and (3) "he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it."
Luke 12:19 - 20: "And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?'" (NASB).
Wyrtzen prays: "Lord, help me to become aware of just how fleeting my life really is. Help me to make today really count for You."
One writer said: "Life is a continual process of getting used to things we never expected."