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December 18, 2013

Today and Psalm 90

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by Edward Fudge
July 13, 2010

Today, as my personal life-clock registers the end of Year 66 and the beginning of Year 67, I can still hear “Brother [A.J. ‘Jack’] Rollings,” my favorite teacher at Athens (Ala.) Bible School, quoting Psalm 90:12. The verse is a prayer: “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” I have not always done that as I should, but I have never forgotten the prayer. Following are some of my meanderings with Moses as I reflect on Psalm 90.

“The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.” (v. 10-11.) This life is so brief at best — but I still have books to write, grandchildren to grow up, and projects to complete. I pray that God will give me more years than the four additional ones this ancient actuary calculated. But even if he does, this mortal body gives many daily reminders that the finish line is not all that far ahead.

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (v. 1-2.) Whether my lifetime is long or short is finally okay. Our God is everlasting, and not even death can separate us from his love and care.

“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. . . . Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (v. 14, 17.) As mortal creatures made in God’s image, we are privileged to dream, plan, and to work hard and long. But we should also remember that our planning, skill and efforts are useless without God’s blessing. God gives all real success and all true success comes from him. While we have it, life is to be lived! When it is over, resurrection and immortality await.

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