Today more than any other day of the year, I am reminded of the brevity of life. I was born 25 years ago today. That means that even if I live to be 100 years old—I have already lived 1/4 of my life. Some people may view this as morbid or that I am a “glass half empty” type of guy, but I’m really not. Even though I am reminded of my mortality, I rejoice today that my God, the Father, Son and Spirit—the fountain from whom all blessings flow—has seen it good to allow me to continue living. He doesn’t do this because I have done something to merit this love, but just because He is good. As a matter of fact, God should have killed me a long time ago, but He has been merciful to me and I am thankful.
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You return man to dust
and say, “Return, O children of man!”
4 For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
5 You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning:
6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers.
7 For we are brought to an end by your anger;
by your wrath we are dismayed.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 For all our days pass away under your wrath;
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10 The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their spant is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11 Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
12 So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
That the Lord would teach me to number my days is the desire of my heart. I echo Moses, “Return, Lord! How Long?” I am thankful for life today. I am thankful for a beautiful, loving wife. I am thankful that I don’t have to worry about where my next meal is coming from. I am thankful that God has made provision for me. Most of all, I am thankful that I have been redeemed by the blood of the Son. I am thankful that the Holy Spirit indwells me and enables me to cry out to the Father. I am thankful for my church family. I am thankful for my godly friends. Simply put, I am thankful for another year.