Reading the Word
Psalm 90:1–4 (ESV)
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You return man to dust
and say, “Return, O children of man!”
4 For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
Understanding and Applying the Word
Nothing brings perspective like growing older. When we are young, we think of all of the time still ahead of us and it seems like it will never end. With every passing year, it seems as though the clock runs faster and faster. And when we have reached middle age, we look back at how much time has passed and it seems as though the time ahead is quickly running out. We become very aware of how fleeting our lives really are.
When we begin to think about the shortness of life, it can be greatly encouraging to remember that God is eternal. He is from everlasting to everlasting. Why is this encouraging? Because our lives are in his hands and our hopes are in his promises. He is the one who created this world and all that is in it, including us. So, while this life may pass so quickly, we are told by the word of the eternal God that he has a wonderful plan for us beyond this life. God has promised eternal life to all who turn to Jesus Christ in faith. This life may go quickly, but it is only the beginning of something far better.
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