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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Psalm 39:1-7

"I said to myself, I'm going to quit complaining! I'll keep quiet, especially when the ungodly are around me. But as I stood there silently the turmoil within me grew to the bursting point. The more I mused, the hotter the fires inside. Then at last I spoke, and pled with God: Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more. My life is no longer than my hand! My whole lifetime is but a moment to you. Proud man! Frail as breath! A shadow! And all his busy rushing ends in nothing. He heaps up riches for someone else to spend. And so, Lord, my only hope is in you." NLT

I can't say this is my favorite Psalm. There are just too many for me to choose a favorite. I would have to say the whole book is pretty much my favorite. :) I do love the above, though. I know it's kind've talking about how time flies and how I need my time focused. I get that and I do daily struggle with being ridiculous busy doing a whole of nothing for eternity. But for some reason, my mind tends to stop on the first part and leads me to something I struggle with at times.

I'm all about justice. I want things to be fair, though they rarely seem to be. I want the mean, and hateful, and greedy, and spiteful to pay for their "crimes." I want the hurt, the weak, the sad, and the tries-really-hard to thrive. What I often forget is that little me only sees the outside, above-the-surface stuff. The mean and hateful are often also hurt and sad; the greedy and spiteful are usually desperate for something just out of their reach. And most upsetting to admit to myself? I am usually every day a shocking compilation of all of the above. How can I be hateful and greedy AND trying really hard? And how can I possibly judge anyone else for their choices when nearly every day I have done something or at least THOUGHT something that I'd rather no one else know. This is why I am so grateful that God is God, and he is in charge.

PERSPECTIVE is one of my favorite words and something that I pray for regularly. With perspective I have no choice but to remain focused on HIM. I am calmer, kinder, and even more hopeful. I am so thankful that my God wants to show us all mercy and grace. - - Justice… ick! Not so much fun when it's pointed in MY direction! - Renee

1 comment:

  1. thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing. and reminding me that a little dose of perspective is healthy for me. :) love you!