I never like the idea that I might be missing out on something. That’s why I am such a target for this kind of advertising! Buy now. Get it now. Tomorrow may be too late! It is true that when something is not always available, it somehow adds worth. When we are in France there are certain foods and delicacies that are only available for a limited season. Knowing that just makes them that much more special. I enjoy and indulge as much as I can!
Today’s verse has this same idea of having only limited time. When we are young, we live like there is no tomorrow. The saying that, “Youth is wasted on the young,” comes to mind. But this verse reminds us that we are on this earth for a limited time only. When compared to eternity, “the span of my years is as nothing” (verse 5). Everyone has this same problem, “even those who seem secure.” (verse 5)
What a courageous prayer David prays! I am not sure I would want to know just how many days I have. But there is wisdom in seeing life as fleeting. It makes me appreciate each moment and live life to the fullest! Of course I do not want to miss out on that travel opportunity or that hiking adventure. But knowing that there is an approaching end makes me want to invest my time in things that are eternal. Only two fit that category; people and God’s Word. Everything else is limited and in the end, cannot matter quite as much.
Life is fleeting. Lord, help me live life with eternity in view!