Read Psalm 89
Focus on verse 47
Way back in the 70’s (yes I am that old) there was a popular song called “Fly like an Eagle” by the Steve Miller Band that played frequently on the radio. The words of the chorus reminded the listener that “time keeps on slippin’ slippin’ into the future”. Back then I was in high school and I felt like I had all the time in the world…in fact most days, I would have been happy to hit the fast forward button and speed time up a bit. Forty years later I think back to those times and wonder,
“where did the time go?”
In today’s reading the psalmist is again questioning God in regard to the captivity of the people of Israel. Jerusalem has been plundered; Solomon’s glorious temple lies in ruins stripped of it gold and robbed of its treasures. “How long O Lord?” is the psalmist’s plea, “Will you hide yourself forever?” (v. 46) It seems that the psalmist is acutely aware of his own mortality when he adds, “Remember how short my time is!” (v. 47)
Solomon writes in the book of Ecclesiastes “Vanity, Vanity, all is vanity!” as he contemplates the shortness and seeming meaninglessness of life, particularly when God is excluded from it. In the end of the book he concludes “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” In essence Solomon concludes that life has meaning when we fulfill our destiny being the person God created us to be, and thus fulfilling that which He purposed for us to fulfill. Unfortunately we have a tendency to stray off that path trying to find fulfillment by pursuing our own desires.
The nation of Israel did just that and ended up spending seventy years in captivity in Babylon before God put it in the heart of King Darius to send a remnant back to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and the temple. For most of those who went into captivity as adults, time was too short for them to experience the return journey.
Each of us has a given amount of time on this earth to complete that which the Lord created us for. Fortunately for us He is gracious and patient and willing redeems the time we waste when we repent and submit to His will for us. Therein however, lies the caveat, if we never choose to repent while we live we find ourselves in the position of those Jesus called the “goats” in his parable of the sheep and the goats. To the goats He says, “depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels”. (Matt 25:41)
I don’t know about you, but I would rather be on Jesus right at that point with those to who He says, “Come, you who are blesse by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matt 25:34) Since the time is short, I wouldn’t waste another minute to make my peace with God if I was not already certain that I had.