The Lent experiment, part 39

Today: Psalm 39.

‘But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.’ (Ps. 39:7)

David is angry. David is frustrated. He tries to keep his mouth shut not to say anything stupid. But at one point cannot remain silent anymore. He has to speak (v. 3).

It’s not very clear what upsets David so much. It probably has to do with the wicked and how they seem to flourish without limit. They disobey all God’s commands but still they seem to get away with it and ever prosper. Unbelievable!

But then he seems to come to his senses and he realizes: ‘Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be.’ (v. 5b-6)

Even though people may do well in this life financially, gathering a lot of stuff, posessions, money… In the end they all have to leave it behind. In the end it’s all useless!

That’s why David prays to God, ‘But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.’ (v. 7)

We do we look for in life? What do we put our hope in for the next?

Prayer: Father, I proclaim today, on Good Friday: My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand; all other ground is sinking sand! Yes! (taken from the hymn ‘My hope is built’ by Edward Mote)

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