If times go by quickly, what do we need to learn?

Psalms Bible Background

08.11.2016 – Old Testament: Psa 90.10–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 90–92 on August 11, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

When you are young, it seems that you will never reach the age to which you aspire. Then you get there and you discover that the years only pick up speed. Suddenly you are a senior citizen. Since life passes so quickly, what do we need to learn?

The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
(Psalm 90.10–12) 

If you are young, ask some people in their 70s or 80s whether they got there fast. I can guarantee that they will affirm that their youth was just yesterday. That being the case, we only live here for a relatively short time, and that time determines our eternity. Therefore, we want to understand the brevity of life that we may gain a heart of wisdom and that we might live those years as they should be lived.


  • What have you learned about life?
  • If you could tell young people something, what would it be?

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