Psalm 39 begins with David holding back his complaint lest he be a stumbling block to the wicked (vs 1-3). This preface leaves the reader anxious to find out what is troubling him so? When he finally opens his mouth in verse 4, his complaint is not regarding any human being, wicked or righteous, but is laid against the Lord, Yahweh. We learn from this that it is wise to not voice complaints against God in the hearing of enemies; nevertheless, we should bring our troubles before God Himself.
What troubles David so, is the brevity and meaninglessness of human existence (vs 4-6). The Selah at the end of verses 5 and 11 follow the Hebrew word hebel, translated "mere breath," leading us to pause and meditate on this sobering thought. This is the key word of the book of Ecclesiastes, often translated, "vanity." As perplexing as the brevity of life is, verse 5 affirms that God has made it this way. But why then does God bother with such an insubstantial creature as man? What is His concern with me? Why can He not just leave me alone in my fleeting life? The answer is both easy to understand and utterly abstract. There is a paradox that although our life is fleeting and years are short, we are more than just passing creatures. Our brief journey on this earth has eternal value, as God made us for eternity and for Himself.
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"Vanity of vanities" is what Solomon calls all the pleasures of this life. Vanity has 3 meanings in Ecclesiastes.
First it means "fleeting" - like vapor.
It also means "meaningless" because the world is cursed.
The third meaning is connected to all the unanswerable questions in life.
Solomon did an experiment to find out whether the pleasures in life had any meaning. In this message we look at what Solomon did and the conclusion he came to.
Here in these verses we find Solomon giving an exhortation to those men who are married to live joyfully with the wife whom you love. So, let us think together about the value of marriage in these following ways. 1st – Let's think about the Christian man's duty toward his wife; to live joyfully with her. And then 2nd – Let's think about the wife being the Christian man's portion and his reward.
Is he wise or foolish who trusts in uncertain riches? In what currency, then, do you yourself trade?
"Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit'; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.' But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin." (James 4:13-17)
The Test of Hope.
We sing, "When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay..." The question of today's message is simple: "Is He?"
When you are teetering on the edge of anger, and depression, and sorrows that threaten to swallow you up, what did it take to get you there and what is the only thing that is usually strong enough to pull you out of it, and get you going again? How difficult is it to get you going again?The man of the world is full, busy, and occupied with the gain, and growth, and projects, and promotions, pursuing desires, chasing pleasures, striving for "successes." These are the things he hopes in/// What does success look like to a man of the world? That will be determined by his expectations! He is doing what is right in his own eyes, setting goals, and using every strategy he agrees with to get there. ……….The appearance of temporary successes in a perishing and fleeting world are not the expectation of the saint of God. The saint enjoys much higher and loftier goals and pursuits; pressing towards the high mark and the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
"It is usual for men to feed themselves with the pleasure of their hopes" -Thomas Manton
Psalm 90, written by Moses, is the oldest psalm in the Book of Psalms. In it, Moses talks about how short the life of man is, and how full of sin the life of man is. Consequently, Moses teaches that the appropriate response to these truths is to pray to God for wisdom – wisdom to number our days, realize the finiteness of our lives, fear the LORD, and rely on His mercy.