One does not normally see a breath. But I will never forget singing with the Biola chorale at the sunrise Easter service held at the Rose Bowl. It was biting cold as the director raised his baton to start us on the first note. There appeared an immediate cloud of our collected breath, and it took all our self control not to giggle! Breathing in and out is something done almost without thought.
Our verse for today describes people as only a breath. Even long lives are considered but a breath in comparison to eternity. Perhaps the lowborn are more likely to consider the brevity of life. The highborn however, are tempted to think that money and position can give them longer days and more importance. But “everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.”(Ps. 39:5) From God’s perspective no one’s life is more than a passing puff of air. On a balance our lives do not even register as having substance.
How different a life becomes when God breathes His Spirit into the one who comes to Him in faith. As a believer, my life may not necessarily have a longer span but it certainly does have more substance. A life lived to His praise and glory gives it meaning and purpose. The breath of the Almighty has given me life (Job 33:4). So my breath is to be spent praising Him along with every living thing! (Ps. 150:6)
Until I am out of breath, I want to praise Him. Until my last breath, I want to praise Him. And may my first breath of heavenly air be spent in praise to Him!