7For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
8Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
9For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
10The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
12So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Tale That Is Told
What are the years we spend on this earth? Truly, they are nothing more than a tale that is told. The days of our years, a mere 70, or if by reason of strength, 80 years, are a mere pittance in light of eternity.
How does God view our time on this earth? Does He view us as righteous creatures ready to do His will? No! Not one of us is righteous before Him.
10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. (Romans 3:10-11, King James Version)
Not only are none of us righteous, but, left to ourselves, none of us seeks after God. That is what God sees when He looks down upon this earth peopled with the unrighteous. In such a state, we are consumed by God's anger against sin, for though we may find ourselves better than most, God sees even our secret sins. Before Him we are undone!
Is there no hope? Yes! This very God who cannot look upon our sin has provided a way of righteousness for us through His own dear Son. Coming to this earth as very God and very man, He accomplished what we cannot. He lived a sinless life, and then died in our place to purchase righteousness on our behalf.
The writer of Hebrews asks the question,
3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him. (Hebrews 2:3, King James Version)
The answer is, we shall not escape if we neglect this great salvation provided for us by God Himself. Considering all of these things, let us, as the psalmist encourages, number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. For nothing in this world will profit us or provide a hope for our life after death. Only in Christ can we be freed from this body of sin and death; only in Christ will our tale that is told have a happy ending.
What will your tale be?
God Bless You,