“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (v12). While we are bombarded by promises of looking younger and enjoying a longer, healthier life, the psalmist instead embraces the reality of death and shows us how to live well during our short years on earth. We may experience “trouble and sorrow,” but God’s compassion and unfailing love never leave us (v13-14). Rather than living in fear, guilt, and shame, we can confess our “secret sins” to our Savior (v8) and walk in forgiveness and freedom.
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place through all generations” (v1). Our short lives have significance because God is our dwelling place, our true home, for all eternity.