The Sense of Life's Brevity
Psalm 89:47-48
Remember how short my time is: why have you made all men in vain?…

I. THAT IT IS A RIGHT FEELING, BECAUSE IT ACCORDS WITH FACT. Human life is short, if you consider —

1. That an end must come to it here.

2. Its re-beginning after its earthly close. It is short in view of the new life. What is it to eternity? Nothing.

II. THAT IT ARGUES THE UNDERLYING SENTIMENT OF IMMORTALITY. A man could have no feeling of the length or brevity of time, with all its changes, unless he had within him a settled sentiment of permanence.

III. THAT IT IMPLIES A DEEP INTEREST IN SOME PURPOSE IN LIFE. He is anxious to see the work done; and he is so impressed with the brevity of life, that he works and labours with all diligence.

IV. THAT IT INVOLVES AN UNDERLYING BELIEF THAT LIFE ON THE WHOLE IS A BLESSING. Of all the million sufferers in the world, there are but few of the number who would have their life shortened even by one day.

V. THAT IT SERVES TO STIMULATE US TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF IT. One who feels that he is in the world only for a little time, will strike out for the best things.


Parallel Verses
KJV: Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?

WEB: Remember how short my time is! For what vanity have you created all the children of men!

The Argument from the Brevity of Life
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