Issue #621 ~ July 20, 2020

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"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"
Psalm 39:5

"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."
Psalm 39:6
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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."

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.
Psalm 144:4 (NASB)
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2.  Pray: ...storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
1 Timothy 6:19 (NASB)
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3.  Pray: Remember that my life is but breath; My eye will not again see good.
Job 7:7 (NIV)
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4.  Praise: The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4 (NIV)
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5.  Pray: ...but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen
2 Peter 3:18 (NASB)
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I think we ought to celebrate this morning and worship the Lord by singing my mom's favorite hymn, "Mansion Over the Hilltop". Let's sing together verses 1 and 3:
I'm satisfied with just a cottage below, A little silver and a little gold;
But in that city where the ransomed will shine, I want a gold one that's silver lined.

Don't think me poor or deserted or lonely, I'm not discouraged, I'm heaven bound;
I'm just a pilgrim in search of a city, I want a mansion, a harp and a crown.

I've got a mansion just over the hilltop, In the bright land where we'll never grow old;
And someday yonder we will never more wander But walk the streets that are purest gold.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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