You return man to dust and say, "Return, O children of man!" For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning:in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers. For we are brought to an end by Your anger; by Your wrath we are dismayed. You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence. For all our days pass away under Your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh. The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. Who considers the power of Your anger, and Your wrath according to the fear of You? So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
What am I in Your sight, Lord? I have no claim to Your mercy, I am as dust before You, my iniquities a stench in Your nostrils. I, the finite, have no standing before You, the Infinite. Lord, it is so incomprehensible to me that You, the I AM, is completely concerned with a ephemeral creature such as I. Like the grass of the fields, here and gone, but You love me and watch over me, providing for my restoration and setting my feet upon a level path.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 25
Evening: Psalm 59
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