Saturday, October 3, 2009

A String of Selah Pearls - Psalm 39:11

Positioned gracefully across the Book of Psalms is a string of seventy-one pearls, lovely beads of wisdom followed by the admonition SELAH which means, “Pause, think on these things, meditate.”

Psalm 39:11 “You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth—each man is but a breath. Selah.”


This is a pearl about God’s grace. David answers his earlier implied question, “Why have you made man’s life so short?” It is because of man’s sin.

Following Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden, God barred them from the tree of life, lest they should eat of it and live forever. Can you imagine Paradise peopled with sinners who would live forever? We do damage enough in our seventy-year span.

It is God’s grace that limits man’s life to a breath, a vapor. Mercifully long enough and broad enough to make the crucial choice of where to spend eternal life. Then poof! Off to enjoy the blessings of heaven or endure the cursings of hell.


Look up: Genesis 3:22; Deuteronomy 30:19

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