Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning—though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered. The length of our days is seventy years—or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:2, 4-6, 10, 12, NIV 1984).
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep! (1 Corinthians 15:19–20, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Whether seventy, eighty or more years before I am swept away to the “sleep of death,” even if until that day my life be full of trouble and sorrow, have no pity on me. Just “a watch in the night” compared to the everlasting hope I have in Christ.
My Advice – Have you numbered “[your] days aright?” If only for “seventy years—or eighty, if [you] have the strength,” you have not. If your hope is only for this life, that “by evening it is dry and withered,” then you “are to be pitied” indeed. But this need not be the case. For, “thanks be to God! He [can give you] the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthian 15:57, NIV 1984). Claim this victory before the years “fly away,” for they will “quickly pass.“