Reading and Prayer – October 12

Psalm 39:6-11

We are merely moving shadows,
    and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
    not knowing who will spend it.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
    My only hope is in you.
Rescue me from my rebellion.
    Do not let fools mock me.
I am silent before you; I won’t say a word,
    for my punishment is from you.
10 But please stop striking me!
    I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.
11 When you discipline us for our sins,
    you consume like a moth what is precious to us.
    Each of us is but a breath.

Heavenly Father, 

We often overestimate the space that we take up in this world. We aren’t the main characters in the story of all that you have done. We want to recognise that you are the reason for everything that we do. We’re just here for a moment. Like a breath, our lives are over. So much of the world spends its time gathering up things that won’t last. 

We can get caught up in the same distractions, but they don’t satisfy us. We become hopeless when we realise that nothing else can save us, but that hopelessness leads us to you. You are our hope, we’re so grateful! We are prone to wandering away from you, but we thank you that you draw us back to you, even when that is difficult. 

Help us to redirect our attention and love to you. Help us to see you in everything and live our lives for you. You are so good and faithful to us, and we thank you.


-Will Henbest