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Every Man Walks About as a Phantom

July 25, 2015

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Every Man  Walks About  as a Phantom

The Hebrew word  that is translated  into English  as a “phantom”  includes the idea of  an illusion  or a vain show.     So,  when King David  thought about  the wicked people  of his day,  he wrote  in Psalm 39:5-7,

Behold,  You have made  my days  as handbreadths,
And my lifetime  as nothing  in Your sight;
Surely  every man  at his best  is mere breath.     Selah.      

Surely every man  walks about  as a phantom;
Surely  they make  an uproar  for nothing;
He amasses riches  and does not know  who will  gather them.      

And now,  Lord,  for what  do I wait?
My hope  is in You.

We,  too,  face  all sorts  of evil people  in this world  —  especially with the social media  on the internet  —  and the international politics  that we are aware of.     Everybody  —  no matter what their status  in this life  —  “is mere breath”.     Nobody  on this earth  has any lasting power.     They can  —  and will do  —  all sorts  of evils,   but David reminds us,  “Surely  they make  an uproar  for nothing”.

The riches  and power  they gain  in their wickedness  will be gone  when they die.     So,  what have they gained?     Absolutely nothing.

Since  our lifetime  is also  very,  very short,   David confessed  to God,  “You have made my days  as handbreadths,  and my lifetime as nothing  in Your sight”.

So,  when we want  to think  of ourselves  as “hot stuff”  in this world,  we need  to face  the reality  of our nothingness.     We’re no better than  “a phantom”  —  an illusion,  a vain show.     Life goes fast.

With a heart  of worship  and truthfulness,  David confessed,  “And now,  Lord,  for what do I wait?     My hope  is in You.”     The only true hope  any of us  can have  is in the Lord Jesus,  our Savior.     Without Him  in our hearts,  we have nothing.

With the joy  of Christ  in our hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You for keeping us safe  in Your heart.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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