6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be. Psalm 39:6
This verse completes the previous two verses by acknowledging what is obvious about what is happening all around us: people clamoring about trying to get ahead without considering the consequences of thinking ahead. When people have those “epiphanies” about where did the time go, they then realize how much of life they wasted.
Legend has it that Admiral Rickover, when interviewing junior officers, asked them two questions: (1) have you given 100% in everything you did? and (2) why not?
Those really aren’t bad questions in moving forward with our lives. We cannot change the past, but we can do something about the days ahead of us
Continue to meditate on verse four and do it for a month. It will certainly alter for the good what we are now doing.
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.