We all have life hopes
What do we daydream about? What do we long for? We all have dreams. Do we long for pleasure? Status? Beautiful partner or perhaps we are longing for driving a Lamborghini? What are you yearning for? For students, I know you might long for finishing and completing your course. For parents, I think they might long for making sure that their children have all that they need to complete their course. These are the classical models of what our modern-day people daydream about. Let me summarize them in three words: Pleasure, education and career. Aren’t they? Those are amongst other things, what most people long for? Without a doubt, that’s what we long for too.
Souljah love had hopes too
Souljah Love like all of us also had expectations. But death like what it did to Ginimbi, it caught up with him along the way like what it is going to do to all of us. I knew little about Souljah Love except for knowing that he was one of the most talented and followed Zimdancehall singers. Especially when he released Pamamonya ipapo song, even the old generation sang along to the song. Among his songs, “Dai hupenyu hwaitengwa” seems to be the most outstanding one in letting us know what his major wish was. In the song, he regretted the fact that we cannot purchase life because if we could, he would have secured one for his mother. We can’t buy life, unfortunately. We don’t have control over our life, spirit and death (Ecc. 8:7).
Moses had hopes too
Like Souljah Love, Ginimbi, R. G Mugabe, Oliver Mtukudzi and us, Moses also had expectations and Psalm 90 tells us what his expectation was (Psalm 90:12). “Lord teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” For me this is striking and the greatest request one would ever make to God. We shall explore this psalm and attempt to explain to you why Moses’ request is significant.
God was there before time
Souljah Love died, Ginimbi died, Oliver Mtukudzi and R. G Mugabe who wanted to reach a 100 mark years died too and am sure you are going to die too. In v.1 Moses begins by reminding us about the time factor. A time where there was no king and temple in which God’s dwells. A king and the temple, in case you do not know, played very important roles in Israel’s history. In v.2 Moses continues reminding us about the time where there were no mountains—–Before the birth of the world v.2b. Fascinatingly God was there; he was there before the foundation of this world. What is Moses doing here? He is simply reminding us about two creation realities!
The first reality is in v.1, in which God is the dwelling place across all generations. Those who die in Him will be safe in his hands – God is our home. That is a reality for every Christian. As for those of you who are non-Christian, you better give your life to Christ and you too will experience this reality. God is home and “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the highest will rest in the shadow of the almighty” Psalm 91:1.
The second reality is in verse 2c. God is immortal; hence he has neither beginning nor end. From everlasting to everlasting God, he is, and that’s real and how amazing it is to know that the God who is eternal is your dwelling place too (Deut. 33:27). God is immortal in the face of our mortality (Psalm 90:2).
We have birthdays and we also have a death certificate someday. Ginimbi is gone, the great and international artist Oliver Mtukudzi is gone, Mugabe nicknamed uncle Bob, is gone before reaching his long targeted 100 years, and now Souljah Love has followed suit. Who knows, am I probably the next, then you at a later stage? But God has neither a birthday nor a death day.
Pamamonya ipapo album was released to let his fans know how much he has recovered and back to life in which he can compete with stronger ones. Oops! Little did he know? But God was there, and he is here, and he will always be there. We as creatures are affected by time, but God is not. He was there before time (90:2). It is him who created time. He enters time and sustains time. The Lord directs things that happen in time. He controls the chronological events. He remains who he is, even if time sweeps away (Psalm 90:4).
Two lessons from Souljah Love’s death
First, we should recognize God’s immortality in the face of our mortality. Moses’ prayer request hinted this when he says, “you turn people back to dust” saying “return to dust, o sons of men… you mortals” in v.3.
No matter how much we can think of death, we all know that we are going to die someday. No matter how popular, rich, powerful we are in a society, death is coming at our doorstep. It knocked at Souljah’s door; the same it did at Ginimbi’s and again at R. G Mugabe’s. I am sure it will knock at yours too (Psalm 90:5). This should be a wake-up call to us. While we might have big dreams about our lives, education, career, and pleasure, we should know that we all going to die and we should get prepared for this day. We need the wisdom to understand the truth that we will die someday. Hence, we should be able to number our days. It takes wisdom for a student to know that he has to prepare before the exam day.
The second lesson is death should not surprise us. We should recognise that our mortality is God’s considered judgement upon sin (Psalm 90:7-8). “The wages of sin is death,” said Paul in Romans. At the heart of sin is man’s rebellion against God. Sin is evil because it offends God. Sin is not sinning against each other but sinning against each other is the consequence of sinning against God. God hates sin, and his wrath is inescapable. He will judge us and will judge sin. Therefore, v 9-10 says, “all our days pass away under your wrath we finish our years with a moan. 10, our days may come to seventy years or eight if our strength endures, yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away
Do you believe that? Job does (Job 7:6-8) and Moses does too. That’s why he said in v12. “Lord teach us to number our days aright that we may gain wisdom” Or if you don’t believe that maybe the death of these prevalent figures should knock sense into our heads. That’s why, I presume, Moses is asking for godly wisdom. Wisdom is what can enable us to make the most of our days since our days are few and are passing by swiftly like flowers.
Does God care then?
Should we get into despair? Where should we get encouragement? Where should we go for satisfaction, peace and safety if we know we will not stay here forever? What’s the purpose of life then? Verse 14 helps us to unpack this.
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days…”
That our days are numbered here on earth should encourage us to be satisfied in God’s love. Let’s be satisfied in God’s love, for we know that his love is unfailing and is not numbered. He cares. Let’s find our satisfaction in His promises, his words unlike finding satisfaction in the things of this world. The preacher in Ecc (2:17) in referring to the things of this world says, “all is vanity it’s just chasing after the wind.” God satisfies us, and he will get us through all the pains of this world. For a Christian, death is nothing but only a password to real life.
Two things we should long for
First, we should long for God to show his work and power all the days of our lives (Psalm 90:16) “make your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendour to their children…” and God answers Moses prayer through Israel. Israel reaches Canaan, God proves himself that he is a faithful God. And for us, he did the same thing as he proves himself through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Death did not remain unchallenged and supreme. Christ has defeated death.
Second, we should long for God to establish the work of our hands (Psalm 90:17).
“Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”
Let’s always give ourselves to the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58). Death has been swallowed up. Let nothing move you in Christ we die once as Jesus did. Yet, without Christ, we die twice. Are you prepared for your death day? For your death day is more important than your birthday (Ecc. 7:1b) if Souljah Love could speak he will testify to this after people flock to his funeral, but when he was sick, no one was there.