In what I do I experience quite often the sudden, unexpected twists and turns of life in the lives of others. There are those who suffer heart-attacks before they turn 40. There are those who are looking forward to retirement and then are told that they have inoperable cancer. There are those who discover they are pregnant long after the family had been planned and set. We do not know what one day will hold, nor the other. When you get to vs.4 you hear words that are very familiar: “Lord, let me know the number of my days.”
We find in Revelation the Lord has our days numbered in the book of life. Again, the metaphorical implication is that at any day our lives could be changed dramatically and even to the point where it will be required of us. The psalmist asks that he would be reminded of how fleeting his life is. We need to be reminded of how fleeting our life is. If you knew that this would be your last 24 hours how would your day change from what you would normally do today? Who would you reach out to? Who would you call? What activities and events would you do? My basic question is how would you make your life more significant just simply knowing that at any moment your life might be required of you?
The psalmist gives us an opportunity to recognize that we can every single day face the day as if God is going to embrace us and bring us home in vs.7. What do we wait for? My hope is in the Lord. When we are able to hope in the Lord, when we are able to believe that God has our lives in His hand and that each breath and each step that we take are steps with the Lord, then we are able to face every single moment of our life as if it is our last. For me it really is not a morbid thought. I want to see Jesus, I want to see my creator, I am looking forward to that day. But I love this life so much that I am very much happy with the way things are going down here as well. My motto is: Life is awesome, and then you go to heaven. Both are great choices and both provide an opportunity to see and do the Lord’s work.
Remember, any day your life might be required so take advantage of today.