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1 PrayerSongs Lord’s Supper SongOffering Bible study SongAnnouncementsPrayer The length of our days is seventy years — or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Ps. 90:10, 12 (NIV)

2 The length of our days is seventy years — or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Ps. 90:10 (NIV)

3 The length of our days is seventy years — or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Ps. 90:10 (NIV) Death is inevitable

4 The length of our days is seventy years — or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Ps. 90:10 (NIV) Expect trouble and sorrow as you age

5 Albert Barnes’ thoughts on Ps. 90:10 and life past 70 happiness cannot ordinarily be found at that period of life; that to lengthen out life does not add materially to its enjoyment; that to do it, is but adding trouble and sorrow.

6 Albert Barnes’ thoughts on Ps. 90:10 and life past 70 The ordinary hopes and plans of life ended; the companions of other years departed; the offices and honors of the world in other hands; a new generation on the stage that cares little for the old one now departing; a family scattered or in the grave; the infirmities of advanced years on him; his faculties decayed; the buoyancy of life gone; and now in his second childhood dependent on others as he was in his first; how little of happiness is there in such a condition!

7 Albert Barnes’ thoughts on Ps. 90:10 and life past 70 How appropriate is it to speak of it as a time of "sorrow!" How little desirable is it for a man to reach extreme old age! And how kind and merciful the arrangement by which man is ordinarily removed from the world before the time of "trouble and sorrow" thus comes!

8 Albert Barnes’ thoughts on Ps. 90:10 and life past 70 There are commonly just enough people of extreme old age upon the earth to show us impressively that it is not "desirable" to live to be very old; just enough to keep this lesson with salutary force before the minds of those in earlier life; just enough, if we saw it aright, to make us willing to die before that period comes!

9 Barzillai’s thoughts on growing old---2 Sam. 19:31-32 Now Barzillai the Gileadite had come down from Rogelim; and he went on to the Jordan with the king to escort him over the Jordan. Now Barzillai was very old, being eighty years old;

10 Barzillai’s thoughts on growing old---2 Sam. 19:33-34 The king said to Barzillai, "You cross over with me and I will sustain you in Jerusalem with me." But Barzillai said to the king, "How long have I yet to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem?

11 Barzillai’s thoughts on growing old---2 Sam. 19:35 I am now eighty years old. Can I distinguish between good and bad? Or can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? Or can I hear anymore the voice of singing men and women? Why then should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?

12 Solomon’s thoughts on growing old---Ecc Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, "I have no delight in them";

13 Solomon’s thoughts on growing old---Ecc before the sun and the light, the moon and the stars are darkened, and clouds return after the rain; 3 in the day that the watchmen of the house tremble, and mighty men stoop, the grinding ones stand idle because they are few, and those who look through windows grow dim; 4 and the doors on the street are shut as the sound of the grinding mill is low, and one will arise at the sound of the bird, and all the daughters of song will sing softly.

14 Solomon’s thoughts on growing old---Ecc Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street.

15 Solomon’s thoughts on growing old---Ecc Remember Him before the silver cord is broken and the golden bowl is crushed, the pitcher by the well is shattered and the wheel at the cistern is crushed; 7 then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. 8 "Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "all is vanity!"

16 The length of our days is seventy years — or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Ps. 90:10 (NIV) However long we live the years pass quickly

17 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Ps. 90:12 (NIV) We are to allow God to teach us about aging and dying

18 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Ps. 90:12 (NIV) Properly evaluate life Make wise decisions as a result


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