The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years…
I. GOD HAS DIVINELY APPOINTED THAT LIFE SHALL BE MEASURED BY DIVISIONS OF TIME. Day and night, spring, summer, autumn and winter are God's way of distributing time. Each division is big with suggestions to us for whom the divisions were made.
1. It is a beneficent arrangement. The changes from the brightness of noonday to the blackness of midnight, from spring's sunshine and flowers to autumn's shadows and yellow leaves, from summer's heat to winter's frost, are voices whose emphasis and pathos are ever uttering grand yet awful lessons about mortality and death.
2. The arrangement furnishes symbols of our lifetime. Spring paints our childhood, summer our manhood, autumn old age, and winter death. Each year is an epitome of life.
II. LIFE IS MEASURED BY YEARS BECAUSE OF ITS BREVITY.
III. LIFE MUST BE MEASURED BY YEARS BECAUSE OF ITS WORTH. Each year is dealt out to us in particles because of the preciousness of time. The possibilities that lie in every year, for good or evil, are prodigious.
IV. LIFE MUST BE MEASURED BY DIVISIONS OF TIME BECAUSE OF ITS IMPERCEPTIBLE DEPARTURE. It ebbs from us with every breath. We never had less of it than we begin this new year with. All the past is spent. Whether it has been squandered or well laid out, it is gone, and it went almost imperceptibly.
Parallel VersesKJV: The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.