“I said, “I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, While the wicked are before me.” I was mute with silence, I held my peace even from good; And my sorrow was stirred up. My heart was hot within me; While I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue: “Lord, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah”
Psalms 39:1-5 NKJV
There is no time to waste, as the days are slipping by, and any idea of a future is uncertain. I could be thinking of my life, as my body reminds me with each new pain, that time is short. I could also be thinking of our world, as every part of it is in an uproar and there is no peace anywhere.
I am counting time, making the most of each day, seeking ways in which I can glorify my Lord. I am also mindful of what comes out of my mouth. In my natural, unsaved state, I was a man of unclean lips, given to coarse jesting, foul language and easily given to verbal violence.
Psalm 39 appeared in my reading as a welcome reminder, offering instruction in these perilous days where there is great temptation to be given to rage and emotion. I was reminded of the importance of measuring my words, keeping my mind on God, and not being swept away by the many controversial issues in my world.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”
Proverbs 15:1-4 NKJV
I am aware that God is always listening, not only hearing what I say, but fully aware of the heart motivation behind the words. I seek to make sure that no word escapes my lips, and into the ears of others, that does not rightly reflect the holiness of my God. We are witnesses of Jesus, whether we choose to be or not.
I have learned to be silent in the face of that temptation, keeping my mind on Christ. I have learned to say little, leaning more toward observation, that I have a better sense of how to pray.
I know that my time remaining on this earth is measured, as in an hourglass, and the grains flowing down are fewer with each passing day. The Lord has given me a sense of my end, and He has given me a mission. I make the most of each moment, leading a little to waste as I can.
Brothers and sisters, may we go about our lives being aware of the number of days that we have. I know many of my readers are younger, and do not have the sense of mortality as those of us who are older, but in these perilous times, there are no guarantees. I implore you to make the most of the time the Lord has given you.
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Ephesians 5:15-17 NKJV
Let us go about fully aware of the impact of our words, and the heart behind what we say. May we be filled with the Holy Spirit, that what we say and what we do is representative, and contributes to the great commission.
Let us all be aware that our lives are at best a vapor, and that we are here today and gone tomorrow. May we be devoted to what will last: the souls led to Jesus, and those fellow Christians who have been built up and encouraged.
“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
I Peter 2:11-12 NKJV
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