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I will praise the LORD!

Balmaha, Scotland

Balmaha, Scotland — photo courtesy of Jan Jablonski

“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
    in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
    without knowing whose it will finally be.

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
    My hope is in you.
Save me from all my transgressions;
    do not make me the scorn of fools.
I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
    for you are the one who has done this.
Remove your scourge from me;
    I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
    you consume their wealth like a moth—
    surely everyone is but a breath.

  (Psalm 39:6-11, NIV)*

* New International Version, Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica