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What a brief time you’ve given me to live![a]
Compared to you my lifetime is nothing at all!
Nothing more than a puff of air, I’m gone so swiftly.
So too are the grandest of men;
they are nothing but a fleeting shadow!”
Pause in his presence
We live our lives like those living in shadows.[b]
All our activities and energies are spent for things that pass away.
We gather, we hoard, we cling to our things,
only to leave them all behind for who knows who.
And now, God,[c] I’m left with one conclusion:
my only hope is to hope in you alone!

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  1. Psalm 39:5 Interestingly, the Hebrew word for “short” in this verse is “a handbreadth,” or the span of a man’s hand. Our life’s duration is compared to a mere six-inch span!
  2. Psalm 39:6 Or “like phantoms going to and fro.”
  3. Psalm 39:7 The Aramaic is Maryah, the Aramaic form of YHWH or Lord Jehovah.

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