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Psalm 90 draws a stark contrast. God is the eternal one, from everlasting to everlasting. A thousand years to him is kind of like yesterday or, even shorter, a watch in the night. This is a brief time, though it seems long to us. A night is generally divided into three different watches. God can sweep generations up like grass clipings.
How long do we last? In contrast to God's eternity, in verse ten we live perhaps 70-80 years. Human life expectancy has grown a little bit in the last few generations, mostly because of little things like plumbing, vaccines, and antibiotics. But really, it's not that common to live significantly beyond 70-80. Virtually everybody in that age bracket is slowing down considerably.
We recognize, in contrast to God, we are very temporary. What hope is there, then? Ae we simply condemned to a short and unhappy life? Not at all. As God considers the ages, he looks loving ly at each one of our days. Though we may toil and sigh, He sees what each moment of each day can be redeemed for. He knows that they all have purpose. Some have significant purposes for us, some for others. Some are not seemingly important but God can use them anyway.
Our Lord is watching over us. He has the wealth of experience that comes from his everlasting and comprehensive knowledge of all that happens. And he cares for us. Therefore we ask him to teach us to care for our days in the same way He does. He is faithful to do it. He can walk with us through each one of those days. It's no trouble to him.
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