Day 1,096: Life is short, God is big (Psalm 90)

Posted: April 2, 2013 in Uncategorized


Three years ago today, I set out on what I thought was going to be a one-year journey through the Bible.

It’s been three years now, and I’m still in Psalms. Of course, it doesn’t help when you don’t post anything in 28 months, but I digress.

“Adam’s Odyssey” has been just that – an odyssey. Much has changed since I last posted on Dec. 1, 2010. A little over a month after that post, I found out I was going to be a father, and today, I have 20-month-old son running around the house.

This odyssey hasn’t been exactly what I thought it would be. There was a time where I thought I was so busy that I never thought I’d be able to complete it. There were times where I felt like just giving up on it completely.

But there were also days where I found myself wondering if I could do it, challenging myself with the prospect of getting back into it. It took me these 28 months away from it to realize that I need to finish what I started, and although the “Odyssey” may look a little different now then when I originally started, it’s time to get it going again.

So, obviously, the elephant in the room. The one year goal is toast. That’s obvious. So, what’s next? Well, I’ve decided not to put a time limit on myself. I’m going to go through the rest of this at my own pace, and I’ll finish when I finish. Will I post every day? Probably not. And that’s OK.

And what better day to start again than on the very day of the calendar this all started…April1, the day that changed my life forever, one of the reasons I started this whole adventure.

Tonight, we start anew. Let’s dig in.

Where we left off 28 months ago, I had just finished Psalm 89, and we are now starting Book IV in the Book of Psalms. I’m only going to read one chapter tonight to get me started, and I’ll get back into it full force as we continue down the road.

 “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12

April 1 – at least over the past seven years, has always proven to be a reminder of my mortality. As you all know by k now, today is the seven-year anniversary of my brother’s death, and as the years go by, I use this day to take stock of where I am, my legacy, and now that I have a family, I think of my future.

I’m not trying to be morbid, but it’s a natural response, to think about one’s death when you are faced with the death of someone close to you. In Psalm 90, the author proclaims the infinite power of God, praising Him for His complete control over everything, including the frailty of mankind. It’s a fitting verse for a day like today.

But it’s the second part of that verse that really makes the passage more meaningful. We are to remember that our lives our short, and the second part essentially asks the question: So what are you going to do about it?

Knowing that we do not have many days left reminds us of that sense of urgency, and to not waste time, making the most out of opportunity to do eternal good. What purpose has God called me to that I am ignoring? What talents do I have that I am wasting? What sin am I partaking in that is distracting me from my purpose?

These are all tough questions to ask yourself, but as we are reminded all too frequently, life is short, and every second that we waste is another second that we could be using to glorify God and help others.

Are you going to waste it?


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