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Peter: Why So Brilliant and then So Dull?
And Jesus answered him,
I said, “I will guard my ways,
that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard my mouth with a muzzle,
so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
I was mute and silent;
I held my peace to no avail,
and my distress grew worse.
My heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
“O Lord, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!
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)
Surely a man goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!
“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in you.
Deliver me from all my transgressions. - vv. 1-8a
Heavenly Father, we live in a fallen, sin-filled world, where the wicked who hate You are all around us. It is so difficult for us, Lord, to know when to speak and when to keep silent, what to say and when not to say anything. Give us wisdom, O Lord, that we might be faithful and effective ambassadors for You in this world.
Father, let us know how short our lives on this earth are and let us not forget. It's so easy for us to get discouraged or to grow weary or to lose the eternal perspective on our lives.
While we are living our short lives in this world, Lord, we are waiting for You and for You alone, for You are our hope and our deliverer. Deliver us, O Lord, from all of our transgressions. Safeguard our lives and our souls by Your power and for Your glory, O Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.