O Lord, what a wonderful and confusing prayer here from David.
I’m not exactly sure of his meaning; but like many prayers, it shows the divided interests and longings of many believers.
On one hand, I have been through a lot. Life has been challenging, and sometimes I want to just give up: “my heart grows faint.” I feel anxious to be done with this earthly life and all its problems. “I long to dwell in Your tent forever.”
Thinking about that, all pain and suffering would be over in heaven. No more battles to fight. I would be in the presence of my Lord and Savior. What could possibly be better!
On the other hand, You have given me blessings here, Lord. I desire to fulfill all You have planned for me, and bring glory and honor to Your name here on earth. And hopefully bring many to a saving knowledge of You while doing it.
So I echo “increase the days of my life, my years for many generations.” How awesome would it be to see my children grown and serving the Lord, and grandchildren, and great grand children!
Bottom line, I trust You with all my days. Whether here on earth or with You in heaven, I rely on You and Your perfect will to know the length of my days, and prepare me for them.
I thank You that You knew all my days before even one of them came to be. And that no power can take away even one hour You have promised me. I trust in, and rest in, Your power and Your wisdom, Your mercy, and Your plan. Amen