Riches

“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools. I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this. Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand. When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin, you consume their wealth like a moth—surely everyone is but a breath.” Psalm 39:7-11

We can be the richest people on the planet. We can have all the tea in China, the gold at Fort Knox, the best stuff money can buy, but none of it, not one cent of it will add a moment to our lives. In the light of eternity, this life is one breath.

Take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out and suddenly life is over. The older I get the more I realize the truth of that. I have now lived more years than I can possibly continue to live. The past is longer than my future can hope to be. That would be beyond depressing if I in any way thought I simply went to the grave and that was it. But David summed up the truth of our lives in verse 7 of this psalm, “My hope is in you.”

And not only is eternity, well, eternal, it is God’s presence. It is the realization of the best relationship I have ever hoped to find. And it’s not sitting around on a cloud with a harp, but rather the best of our world, times the best of our world, times the best of our world and beyond. There will be no sin and nothing to corrupt the beauty and splendor and glory of all of it.

And the moment I take that last breath here I get to take my first exquisite breath there.

Father, I sing with David, my hope is in You.


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