By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. Wolfe
Two interesting and important questions are asked in this verse which, no doubt, press into the minds of most people, even believers in Jesus Christ.
How many days will we live? Everyone wonders that, but I do not believe that anyone really wants to know how long life will be. If we knew the day of our death, we would prepare for it certainly in ridiculous ways; but, since we do not know the day, then we know that we must be ready at all times for death to visit us.
If the days of our lives be days of joy, they will seem to be few, I am sure. If the days are days of persecution and affliction, they will seem to be long days. It seems that the psalmist here is protesting to God that his days are evil days. Even Job spoke of these days in Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. We cry out to our God because of our afflictions. He said in Psalms 38:6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
But we must remember that there is revenge with God, and he will repay, says the Scriptures, in Romans 12:19. The vengeance is not ours; it is the Lord's vengeance against those who oppose themselves (2 Tim. 2:25) and who oppose God (Psalm 2:1-2).
Those under the altar in Revelation 6:10 cry out saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
But let us be patient, for the time will come in God's own good time when the day of his wrath will come, and all things will have restitution for God's glory. Notice what is answered to those saints under the altar in Revelation 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
Patience is difficult for believers. Sometimes we think that we are stuck in the world forever, but remember Hebrews 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.