Daily Devotional

April 26

MAKE ME TO KNOW MINE END AND THE MEASURE OF MY DAYS

by Henry T. Vriesen

FROM PSALM 39

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as a handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish. I was dumb, I opened not my mouth: because thou didst it. Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand. When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity.

FROM PSALM 102

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble … in the day when I call answer me speedily. For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth … My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. But thou, O Lord, shalt endure forever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days … Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the works of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of ‘ them shall wax old like a garment … but thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

FROM PSALM 116

I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications … The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful … I was brought low, and he helped me. Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living. I believe, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted … I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord … Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints, O Lord, truly I am thy servant … thou hast loosed my bonds. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.

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