My Hope is in You, By Emily Myallis, Diaconal Minister
‘Life is short; pray hard.’ This Reebok slogan with a Christian twist would be my one sentence summary of Psalm 39. Life is fleeting (vs. 4). It is like only a handbreadth – 3 inches – in God’s sight (vs. 5). Every human life drifts away like a breath (vs. 5).
It’s challenging to read a passage so bold in describing the shortness of life. And yet it is not the only psalm like this. It is certainly not the only time we’ll read about this during Lent. It must be because we need to read these passages – verses that make us confront the fragility of life, marvel at God’s perspective, and seek out hope.
And where do we go for hope when the reality of our short life hits us, when we realize that we will return to dust? The psalmist then writes “My hope is in You” (vs. 7). God desires that we place our hope in Him – in His plan for erasing our death-deserving sins, and in His promise of a new life that will never, ever end.
Life is short. Let us pray hard that all our days, short as they are, will be filled with hope in God.
Lord, my life is yours. It is short; it seems small; it will end. But it is yours. I thank you for Lenten reminders that I need You. And I praise You for giving me hope, that a new life, an eternal one, is in store. In your name I pray, Amen.