O Lord, how long will this go on? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your anger burn like fire? Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence! No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave. Psalm 89: 46-48 NLT
I can't tell you how often in my life I have asked myself, others and God: how long will this go on?
So, I can really feel for the Psalmist for asking God that very same question. The psalmist points out that people only live so long. If these problems and God's anger continue, then the psalmist will die as unhappy as he lived. The grave simply becomes another issue in a long line of punishments. The psalmist wants God to forgive and relent, to help the psalmist out of his predicaments.
I don't like to think about how short my own life is. However, at my last birthday, I realized how much I was hovering around the half-way mark in my own life. Doubling my age would put me at the end of a very long life. To see my life in those terms was very sobering.
I realized that I needed to do things in my life so that I was not constantly asking, how long will this go on. I need to live each day, no matter what it brings, in a way that gives glory and honor to God.
God, please don't hide yourself from me forever. Help me to live each day to your glory. Help me not be focused on how short life is but in how forgiving and loving you are. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims