All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. —Psalm 90:9-12
Today is the last day of 2019— that is, in the “year of our Lord 2019!” Our very dating system is even based on our Lord Jesus’ life on this planet! Even the United States Constitution and State Constitutions are dated by “in the year of our Lord” and allude to Lord or God. He is the One who ultimately controls time.
Ever moan? We moan or groan or mourn much in life. Death of love ones or even those unknown to us by name cause us to mourn and moan and groan. Seventy years is a good age to live, but if one has strength he may reach eighty. A dear brother just went to be with the Lord recently. He was nine-two. A friend’s dad is one-hundred and eight! Yet even at that age life goes by fast. It quickly passes.
Not only is life like a vapor that is soon gone (James 4:14) or like a shadow that is quickly fleeting (Job 8:9), but there is much trouble it. To be sure there are joys as well, buy trials and troubles come in so many ways. Not only death of family, friends or those we don’t even know, but also of failed health, job loss, fractured relationships and the list goes on.
The Psalmist desired to be taught the number of his years. Why? It was because he wanted to gain a heart of wisdom. He wanted to be able to apply the knowledge he had in the proper manner. Oh, that this would be my desire as well. May I, with the knowledge God has given to me, apply that knowledge according to His will to honor His Name for His glory. That is my desire. May it be so.
2020 “in the year of our Lord” is just hours away. Oh, that I would have God-honoring focus in this New Year coming upon us and for the rest of my life. Dear Father may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.
And then one day we will “fly away” to be with the Lord Jesus forever! Even so come Lord Jesus! Joe, the 92 year old that just went to be with the Lord, wanted this song to be sung at his memorial— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BPoMIQHwpo