Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Saturday, August 15, 2020

Theme: THE FRAILTY OF MAN

Text: “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 an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.” – Psalm 39:4, 5.

Comment:

This is an important remark by King David, the Sweet Psalmist of Israel, on the precarious estate of the sons of men. The text pointedly states man’s frail nature and his inability to know the day of his death. King Solomon stated: “For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them”. – Ecclesiastes 9:12.

Sin has dwindled man’s lifespan to about 70 years that God has apportioned to men. (Psalm 90:10) Material acquisitions, academic excellence, energetic feats and any other success in the human sphere without the “knowledge of the holy”, is vanity as the LORD Himself said: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.” – Jeremiah 9:23,24.  

We pray the Almighty Father to continue to keep us from the attacks of the devil and his wicked agents.

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