Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 90:10
“The length of our days is seventy years or eighty, if we have strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”
On the one hand – it seems a dismal assessment of this thing we call our earthly life. “Here today, gone tomorrow.”
On the other hand – it has inspired some wonderful, soulful, music as in “I’ll fly away, Oh Glory, I’ll fly away.”
It all depends on your perspective, doesn’t it?
And the words found in this same Psalm just a few sentences before adds great spiritual depth to our pondering:
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
“You turn men back to dust, saying, ‘Return to dust, O sons of men.’ For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.”
Here today, gone tomorrow – as God’s infinite Presence and Purpose continues to endlessly unfold through the ages.
At the very least, it should give us pause as we spend one more twenty-four hours, never to be available again.
“These are the days of our lives….”
That phrase should be more than a way to start a soap opera on TV.
It should be the affirmation that there is much to be done in the kingdom, while we have these few years at our disposal.
The passing years are a gift. What shall we do with them?
Prayer: Almighty God – may my perspective always be one that honors the time you have graciously given to me. Amen.