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The Shadow of Death

Anchor Devotional - 10.14.18

“Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you.” Psalm 39:4-5

Psalm 90:9-17

Death is a subject many do not care to discuss. Yet no one will escape death. The brevity of life is a fact that confronts us more and more as our years go by. When the number of our family members and longtime friends dwindles, we can’t help but think of death more frequently.

Our “giants of the faith” in the Bible knew the reality of life’s frailty. David said in Psalm 39, “Each man’s life is but a breath.” Moses wrote in Psalm 90 that our days “quickly pass, and we fly away.” Paul cried out in Romans 7:24, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?”

Did these men rely on their imagined strength? Perhaps they did when each one of them plotted or carried out murder. But undoubtedly they came to grasp eventually that in their own weakness, this is when God shows Himself to be strong. Each of these men succumbed to the grave in time. Moses, David, and Paul—sinners like any of us—knew the frailty of life. The shadow of death is near, but the light of Jesus is nearer still!

Scripture Focus

Psalm 90:9-17


Ask the Lord to teach you to count your days, and also to make the days count.

Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 3-4
  • Psalm 105
  • Romans 1-2