Scripture:

Psalm 39:5 Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah

Observation :

The psalmist king writes of the brevity of his own life, especially compared to the eternal reign of God. He compares the life of man to one breath of God.

Application:

Control, control, control. As mankind we want to be in control. As a control freak, I like to be in control. I like to drive instead of ride. I like to lead instead of follow. I like to take charge instead of sit. For a lot of my life, this character trait has helped me find success. However there are many days when the enormity of the challenge, the pressure of the position and the yoke of leadership gets too heavy. I feel overwhelmed and I want to give up. In light of what the psalmist says, here is what I need to do…

-Humble myself and realize that my life is merely a breath to the Eternal God.

-Realize He doesn’t need me to reign and rule, he desires for me to just follow him.

-When I feel overwhelmed I can trust in Him. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I need to let the Eternal God do the heavy lifting.

Like a dad allows his young son to think he is “helping” him carry a heavy item, so God you do with me.

Father:

May I never get it twisted on who is carrying the load. You are just letting me “help”. May the brevity of my life remind me that I am merely a man and that you are God. I am subject to you and your authority and not the other way around. Help me as I lead people today. May I lean on you instead of trying to control everything on my own.