Posted by: ritagone | January 14, 2015

A Touch of Psalms


Sometimes when writing a blog, less is more. So this one will be short but I hope very sweet. And maybe even a tiny bit profound.

I am reading through the Psalms this year as my early morning devotional, and already, only two weeks into my plan, I have been constantly challenged and encouraged and met by God.

Today I want to share with you just two verses from Psalm 39. I’m always amazed at the fact that we can read verses or passages of any scripture over and over again for years, even decades, without a reaction, and then, suddenly, we see that verse or passage in a completely different way, and it literally lights up for us. Maybe something is going on in our life that is pertinent to what the passage has to say. Maybe it’s just the mental frame of mind we’re in at the moment that suddenly resonates with those verses. Whatever it is, I thank God for it. It keeps scripture fresh and living for me, as it does, I’m sure, for you.

So read and take in just two verses of Psalm 39, which I read the other day in the regular systematic reading I’m doing. Verses 6 and 7. If they don’t resonate with you at this time, that’s okay. It’s my blog, and I’m sharing my thoughts and life with you. I don’t know why at this particular season in my life these verses spoke so powerfully to me, but they did. Maybe the reason will show up later. But for now, I’m just reading and re-reading them and waiting for God to give me more illumination about their import. But their poetic beauty is enough without anything else.

I am struck by the image of people being “merely moving shadows”; it reminds me of Shakespeare’s famous passage: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” It’s humbling to occasionally be reduced in words and thought to “merely” something, anything. It puts us in our place when we get a little too egocentric and self-focused for our own good. “And all our busy rushing ends in nothing.” Wow, was this written thousands of years ago…or yesterday? “We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.” Again, this could have been written by a contemporary bemoaning the urge to get ahead, to amass more wealth and power and success. How pertinent these verses are to me and you today!

And then he turns it back to God with such a beautiful twist: first, with a question, which I assume is rather rhetorical, because he knows the answer: “And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?” He has obviously spent some time in thought and in prayer pondering the seriousness of man’s plight, his situation on this earth, in David’s time, during Christ’s stay on earth, or in 2015. Always the answer is the same: “My only hope is in you.”

I hope you agree and are in some way blessed by these verses too, from one moving shadow to another.


“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.”


Psalm 39:6-7 (NLT)


  1. Thanks, Rita. Your blog and the scriptures really spoke to me today. Dottie Dobbert

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