The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
How powerful are these words from Psalms?
I don’t care if you do or don’t believe in God or whatever form of God or superior being you worship or deny. There is no denying the power of these words.
Of course I had to write this verse down when I read it.
When you’re younger this doesn’t mean much but as you age and as the seventy years become a hell of a lot closer to you than when you were twenty or thirty, words like these start to take on a whole new meaning.
This is my take on what King David is trying to tell himself with this verse. Note his honesty, David has written this for himself, a reflection on his life. He was one of the most powerful individuals on the earth at the time yet he does not delude himself.
He is saying you are on this earth a limited number of years, maybe eighty if you are lucky. Throughout those years you will have your fair share of troubles, everyone will even the richest and most powerful.
David had armies out for his blood, he had to hide like a hunted animal to survive. He did not lead an entirely pampered life.
When he says “Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?” it really shows his honesty.
He is saying look at me, I was the most powerful guy around, don’t piss me off or I can have your head. But he knows even with all that power how insignificant we all are in the context of the universe.
He knows that like everyone else someday he’s going to get hit in the ass with the shovel and end up six feet under.
If you read about the life of King David in the books of the Old Testament you will know that God certainly punished and humbled King David for his transgressions. This was no silver spoon king.
Finally David tells himself and us that what is truly important in this finite span of life is not the power that we gain and wield, it’s not the possessions or wealth or our popularity.
It’s wisdom, it’s knowledge, it’s honesty.
So let me finish this by saying this.
Every man and women has their God given right to believe and think what they want.
But if you tell me the Bible is some comic book novel full of mythical super heroes then you are just a fool.
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