You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which grows up.
1. It is in vain to seek for a paradise or a home in this poor, delusive world.
2. After all, we ought not to weep too much over the vanity of life. Human life answers the purpose for which it was given. What Christian would consent to take up with earth and be for ever exiled from heaven? It is an infinite privilege that a good man may die.
3. It ought not to be a ground of despondency to good men that they are growing old and beginning to decay, and drawing rapidly towards a termination of their course. Death will not swallow up all. "There is a land above the stars and joys above his power."
4. The delusive and fleeting nature of all terrestrial things, and the afflictions which are largely mingled with them, ought to make us long more earnestly after heaven. When we cannot find here a place on which to rest the sole of our foot, it ought to endear to us the thought of our eternal home.
5. The shortness of life and the unsatisfying and perplexing nature of all that it has to bestow, ought to stir us up to diligence in the proper business for which it was given us.
(E. D. Griffin, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.