Words from the Heart for Wednesday May 10th, 2017
Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.
Psalm 39:4 (NIV)
The Number of My Days
At some point in our lives, whether young or old, we have an experience that reminds us of just how fleeting our life is. Wise is the believer who asks the Lord to show him how to make the best use of his days. We will avoid mistakes. We will make good use of our time. We will invest wisely with our gifts. We will not have to live with regret over wasted years.
The Statistics Canada website gives an interesting overview of the average life expectancy in Canada over the past ten decades, and in each province currently. Over the past century, life expectancy in Canada has increased each decade. A man born in the 1920’s could expect to live to the ripe old age of 59 – a woman to 61. By the 1970’s that had increased to 69 for men and 76 for women. A baby boy born now can expect, on average, to live to 79 – a baby girl to 82. There isn’t a great contrast between provinces. Newfoundland and Labrador, along with Manitoba and Saskatchewan have the lowest average life expectancy at 77 years for a man and 81 or 82 for a woman. BC has the longest life expectancy for both men and women.
There is a website that tells you when you are going to die, based on information you give them about your general health and lifestyle matters. It doesn’t really know of course. But millions of people of have used it to see what it says. We are all interested in knowing when and how we are going to leave this world. It sounds a bit gruesome, but it actually helps provide a tool for Christians to make a Biblical point. The point is made in Psalm 39:4: “Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.” None of us know when we are going to die. That is a good thing because it calls us to live each day with purpose and our priorities correct. David reminds us we should take an account of our lives. We never know when our last day will be and so we need to make today count. In this case, David didn’t depend on a website to tell him when he was going to die. He asked the Lord to show him so that he could be reminded just how fleeting life is. That is a good thing for all of us to ponder. It would cause us to keep the Lord first in our lives and to live each day with a sense of urgency as eternity awaits. How does this make you reprioritize your life today?
These have been words from the heart.