The Brevity of this Life

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. O Lord, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us, your servants see you work again; let our children see your glory. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!”                                                                                                                          Psalm 90:12 -17

The brevity of life. The shortness of time. The brief span of our lives in relation to eternity. If we could only realize this then maybe we would grow in wisdom. Maybe our prayers would change from “God I need…” to “God, save our nation!” “God, change our world for you!” “God! Defeat Satan and the strongholds he has on our families!”

We would cry, “Come back to us, Lord. Restore our world, our country, our neighborhood, and our family.” And we would have the wisdom to know that God is not a religion running a campaign to be the biggest and best, but that God is God. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God. And He wants us to reach out to Him with open hearts to His Word written thousands of years ago as the only instruction that we need in this brief life. How awesome is His preparation for a people that would turn away from Him?

O, God! We cry out to You to give us one more chance before your Son’s return. Heal our hearts, Lord. Replace the evil years of serving other gods with the peace of serving You. The blood of Jesus Christ is our bond; the way that we serve that bond should not be a weapon that we use against each other. Let us see You work, Lord. Bind us together in love, the only commandment in the new covenant. Forgive us, Lord, as a nation that has become so selfish that we have turned your Word around to fulfill our own worldly desires. Let us see You work again, Lord! Let us see the glory of your salvation in our world, our country, our state, and our family.

“And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!”

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