Today From Psalms

Life

It does not take many years of living before man becomes aware that life on earth is temporary. Psalm 90:5-6 makes us face not only the temporary nature of our life but also the frailty of it. “Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.”   Then Psalm 90:10 reminds us of how limited are our days and how filled they are with trouble. “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.”

In light of these thoughts we must “number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Verse 12) Living wisely begins with an understanding of God. “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” (Verse 2) Here we see God the Almighty Creator and the Everlasting God. How greatly these two truths changes the life of the person who truly embraces the. God is Almighty has always been so and always will be so.

Living wisely is seeking God’s mercy early in life which then allows a life of rejoicing and gladness. “O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” (Verse 14)

The heart desire of the person committed to the worship of God Almighty and to wise godly living is found in verse 17. “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”

For all this we can say: “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.”

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