Many years ago, David, the shepherd-king, wrote a wonderful psalm. Sometime later, someone bound David’s songs, along with a number of others and numbered it 103! For obvious reasons, I have spent time reading through it over recent weeks. David starts by praising God with his whole heart. He then spends time reflecting on the Lord’s virtues and the blessings that come through knowing him. Then, in verses 15-18, David reminds us that:
Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here. But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!
Now for some that might sound melancholy at best and depressing at worst. Yet, to a believer it should thrill our hearts with joy. Why? Because, although we are mortal and our days are numbered, we rest secure in God’s everlasting love. And in the knowledge that, eternity will afford us the opportunity to wonder at that love ad infinitum. Moreover, the love of God which we experience, here on earth, is the same love that extends to our children and the generations which will follow.
With this in mind, I encourage you to live with one eye on today and the other on eternity. To spend yourselves on what is eternal and not simply that which is simply ‘here today and gone tomorrow’.
Yours and His, Gareth