The fifth window of Psalm 103 is one a lot of us don’t like to look out – the window that faces our mortality, the one that causes us to think about our own deaths. And yet true wisdom and true freedom are found here. In fact, when understood the right way, empowered by the Holy Spirit of God, it can cause us to embrace life with new passion and hope. We start with a classic scene from “The Dead Poet Society” , meet Scrooge on Christmas morning, then end with the power and promises of God.
You can watch the scene from the Dead Poet’s Society at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5t3ZzZv8_U&t=12s
Life can only be understood backwards
but it must be lived forwards…” – Søren Kierkegaard
How I spend my days is how I spend my life. “Seize the day” and “Suck the marrow out of life” are only clichés to those who have stopped living that way.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only
today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Theresa
God has put within our lives meanings
and possibilities that far outrun our mortality.
To live fully I must embrace both: My Estate and God’s Embrace
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children–
18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
“LORD, make me to know my end…and what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.” – Psalm 39:4
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
— Romans 8:39
For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. – 2 Timothy 1:12