daily text & thot: intensity of meditation & not of complaining

Psalm 39:1-6
Exodus 30:17-31:11, Matthew 26:31-35


reading the first six verses of Psalm 39 is interesting because it has echoes of different passages embedded into it.

verse 4 “Show me, LORD, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
reminds one of
Psalm 90:10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

and Psalm 39:6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.
reminds one of
Ecclesiastes 2:17f.

Eugene Peterson says this about this passage: “The man is suffering. His first impulse is to complain, but he muzzles the impulse and turns the same energies into an intense, burning meditation on the fleeting brevity of life and his hope in a constant God.”

Wow I could relate to that this morning.
…first impulse is to complain.
…but turns the same energies into an intense, burning meditation on brevity of life & Hope!

May your day have an intensity about it today – an intensity of meditation & not an intensity of complaining.

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