August 31, 2018

Psalm 39:1–5 (NLT) — 1 I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.” 2 But as I stood there in silence— not even speaking of good things— the turmoil within me grew worse. 3 The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words: 4 “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. 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.” Interlude

Something was bothering David and he wanted to voice his concern but he also didn’t want to do it in a way that would cause unbelievers to think he was complaining about God or that he had lost his faith in God. He didn’t want his words or his action to cause others to think less of God.

That really gives you insight into the heart of David. He thought of the Lord first and he didn’t want to give others reasons for not trusting God. O that I would have the same heart to not bring shame on the name of the Lord. Many unbelievers that I have talked to think that Christians are a bunch of hypocrites who act all holy on Sunday but the rest of the week you can barely tell them apart from unbelievers. It is a shame that we have that reputation but unfortunately we probably have brought in on ourselves. This is not a blanket statement of all of us Christians but I think you all have heard the same hypocrite label placed on us.

We the church can rid ourselves of that label by imitating David and his concern for the Lord. A good place to start is the place where David started; remember that life is short. It is short by God’s design(vs:5) And if it is by God’s design then it is a good thing because God is good.

We all have looked back and realized how short life is. Cleo said to me the other day, “Do you realize we have a son who is already 41 years old?” In other words ‘where did the time go’. And I said, “Yes and our granddaughter Vesper is already 5!”

One reason God designed shortness into our lives is so that we wouldn’t waste time and realize that we only have a short time to do good, to witness for Jesus, to pray for our enemies, to give a sacrifice of praise to the Lord, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to give generously, to lay down our lives for our wives, to submit to our husbands, to pray without giving up, to meet with our church family on Sundays, to read and study our bibles, to honor God in all that we do, to take an interest in others, to not think more highly ourselves than we ought to, to obey our parents, to instruct our children in the ways of the Lord, to pray for each other, to encourage each other, to be patient with everyone, to always be joyful, to be thankful in all circumstances, to do our work as unto the Lord, to stay away from evil etc.

It is easy to put off all of the above thinking that we will get to it tomorrow; however we are not guaranteed of tomorrow. If we have a tomorrow great, but let’s not count on it. Let’s do what we know to do and then we will have no regrets if we do not get a tomorrow.

A couple of weeks ago I did a funeral for a 21 year old and I was again reminded of the brevity of life.

We only have a short time on this earth to live to please the Lord. If we are not living to please the Lord perhaps it is because we don’t believe that he is worth our time.

Be Inspired Hilltop!