The Days of Our Years
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. ~Psalm 90:10
A big-time sports fan was watching a football game with his grandchildren. He had just turned seventy-five and was feeling a little wistful. “You know,” he said to his grandson, Nick, “It’s not easy getting old. I guess I’m in the fourth quarter now.” “Don’t worry, Grandpa,” Nick said cheerily, “Maybe you’ll go into overtime.”
How do you measure time in relation to eternity? Our lifespan is so limited and short. The psalmist was reflecting on man’s duration in relation to God. He was extremely conscious of man’s accountability to God. As we consider eternity, we do not have a long time in this life. We must make the most of the days of our life.
The psalmist is convicted by the preeminence of God.
“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.” God is the same! God never changes! Time might pass by, but God is always the same. We have turned to God for our abode and as our Helper in every generation. The psalmist further said, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” He is overwhelmed with the sense of the eternality of God: God Who is our Creator! God Who is in control! God Who is all-powerful! God Who must judge the sin of man. He was filled with a sense of awe about God.
The psalmist is compelled in his prayer to God.
He prayed, “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” He was praying for God to give him wisdom as to how to plan his life one day, one week, one month, and one year at a time. He realized that his mortal life would end quickly and then he would have to give an account to God. Every man will give an account of if he has accepted God’s gift of salvation through the shed blood and death of the Lord Jesus Christ for every sinner. Every believer will have to give an account for living in submission to the will of God for his life. The psalmist prayed for opportunities. He prayed to be found faithful. He prayed that he would glorify God through his life.
The psalmist is consumed for the presence of God.
He knew that apart from God’s presence, life would be precarious and at risk. He asked the Lord to allow His mercy to satisfy him. He asked the Lord that His beauty and His mighty working would be continual and not a one-time occurrence. He knew that a successful life was one that had the presence of God always upon it. Our joy, happiness, and satisfaction in life are a measure of God’s presence with us.
Life is short. We must make the most of God’s power and presence for every day. We must live our life with the preeminence of Christ at the helm. What are you praying about for the remainder of your days? Let’s do like the psalmist and pray for wisdom so that we may know how to live them out.
Have a satisfying God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezekiel 9-12