When we allow the Lord to teach us – we gain a heart of wisdom (v 12.) And what is it that Moses wanted to learn?
He wanted to learn to live with an awareness of the brevity of life. Imagine if we truly grasped how short – how fleeting – how only a breath – the time that we have to live and make a mark on the world.
Wouldn’t we make different choices? Love better? Walk wiser? Forgive faster? Hug harder? Laugh easier?
Teach me, Lord, to number my days. To realize how quickly it comes and goes.
And, yet, this rose bush refuses to quit blooming. Lush and green and alive though all around it is dying.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
Keep trusting the Lord, friends.
Keep trusting and keep blooming though the world around you turn cold. Though others give in, give up, and let go. Hold fast and grow.
I think it’s appropriate that, prior to coming to this psalm, we were reminded that we belong to God (Psalm 86) and that God calls us his own (Psalm 87.) I think we must always preface our pain with that truth.
Because there will be seasons when we feel:
• troubled v 3 • like this could be the death of us v 4-5 • in a deep, dark pit v 6 • like God is angry v 7 • shunned by friends and loved ones v 8, 18 • trapped v 9 • sorrow v 9 • afflicted v 15 • suffering v 15 • helpless v 15 • assaulted v 16 • in darkness and alone v 18
And, in those seasons, we must remember that God is sovereign and in control (v 6, 8, 18.)
And because we belong to Him and He calls us His own, we continue to come before him. In our pain. In our confusion. In our brokenness. (v 1, 2, 9, 13)
After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:66-69
Is life painful? Yes.
Are we all walking wounded? Yes.
Do we want to go away from the Lord? Where else would we go – for we believe and have come to know that Jesus is everything.