Psalm 91:15 says, “With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.” God does not mean for us to die young. His best is for us to live out the full number of our days. Traditionally, the following verse in Psalm 90:10 has been quoted in regard to man’s life expectancy. It says: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten (seventy years)—or even, if by reason of strength, fourscore years (eighty years)…” (The Amplified Bible). But what most people don’t realize is that if you read only this verse, the traditional interpretation is taken out of context. Let me explain.
There is a footnote to Psalm 90 in The Amplified Bible which explains: This Psalm is credited to Moses, who is interceding with God to remove the curse which made it necessary for every Israelite over twenty years of age to die before reaching the promised land (Num. 14:26-35). This was due to the rebellion against God that took place at Kadesh-barnea. Moses stated that most of them were dying at seventy years of age. So here we learn that the Israelite’s who died at 70 were living under the curse caused by disobedience. This number has often been mistaken as a set life span for all mankind–even applicable today. It was not intended to refer to anyone except those Israelites under the curse during that particular forty years. Seventy years never has been the average lifespan for humanity.
The Bible has much to say about God’s will concerning our life here on the earth—how we are to live and for how long. God has a quality, long life planned for us. But without that knowledge, when we reach 60 or 70, we might easily start winding down and getting ready to depart. But is that God’s best?
I am aware that this probably breaks a lot of your previous understandings… inaccurate understanding that can lead to your agreement with a false belief. But stay with me here because there is truth that may really help you. For example, when Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes, had reached 130 years (Gen. 47:9), he complained that he had not attained to the years of his immediate ancestors. In fact, Moses himself lived to be 120 years old, Aaron 123, Miriam several years older, and Joshua 110 years of age. Note as well, that in the Millennium a person dying at 100 will still be thought a child. (Isaiah 65:20).
According to Galatians 3:13, Jesus has redeemed us from the curse, being made a curse for us. If we have made Jesus our Lord, freedom from all the conditions the curse causes, belongs to us—that includes sickness, destruction and early death.
So I’m suggesting that you ‘rethink’ your previous mind-set, that you should only live to be 70 or 80. What God actually said about man’s life span is found in Genesis 6:3: “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”
If you accept these Bible verses as truth then it could very well mean that when you are 60, you are just middle-aged. Contrary to this world’s culture, 65 may not be God’s timetable as the time to start shutting down. Why not instead stand on scriptures like Psalm 103:2-5: “Bless the Lord…who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from destruction…who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Be determined to enjoy to the fullest the many fruits and productive years the Lord has made available to you.
#1 – Live Long…by His Word
Like other blessings from God, there are conditions to living a long life. Psalm 91 is a picture of the person who receives this blessing. Here it is in the NKJV:
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust. Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the Fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”
The person this is referring to is one who loves God and stays connected to Him, doesn’t fear, but trusts the Lord to be his refuge and says so. The truth of God’s Word is his shield and buckler. He dwells or abides under the shadow of the Almighty in obedience, and God shows him His salvation. The word salvation means “material and temporal deliverance from danger and apprehension, preservation, pardon, restoration, healing, wholeness and soundness.”
God will satisfy you with good things, which includes healing, protection and long life when you are living and abiding in Him.
#2 – Keep Doing God’s Will
A commentary on Psalm 90 in the Tehillim says until Moses reached 80, like other men he was growing weaker. But look what happened to him then. “When he reached the age of eighty, Moses received an extraordinary infusion of youthful energy and vitality, because at that time he was chosen to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt, to receive the Torah, and to lead the Jews to the Promised Land. This Divine mission so invigorated him that his health and strength remained undiminished until the moment of his death.”
Deuteronomy 34:7 says, “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.”
Just as God did with Moses, He can give you a new assignment at any time. So if you’ve noticed that you’ve been slowing down because you’re getting a little older, double up on the Word. Ask Him to reveal a new assignment. Allow God’s Word to be final authority. Let His Word be Spirit and life to you (John 6:63). And get involved with what God is doing today. That’s the best way to live a long, productive life.
Acts 1:1-2 it says, “Jesus began to do and teach until the day he ascended…” Why not make that your plan too—to do and teach until you ascend! I encourage you to live long and live strong—stay well and stay here for as long as God’s best allows. Remember, eternity is forever. You and I will have plenty of time then. For now, however, there are lives to be changed, souls you can touch. Find that something that God has for you to do.
#3 – You Don’t Have to Be Sick
Once I got an email and it read, “If you believe that I can always receive healing, how am I ever going to die?” The best way for your body to die is for your spirit to just leave. That’s how my grandmother left. That’s how my grandfather departed too. You don’t have to be evicted—forced out by sickness, disease or accident. God can call you out and say, Come home. Come on up here. You can simply pass over from this side to the other side, from earth to heaven. It’s rather exciting just thinking about it.
You don’t have to be sick. God’s best is for you to live in good health every day, but He is also eager to heal. You can live in awesome health by staying in continual contact with the Word of God and the Spirit of God. In fact, the way to be free in every area of life is to attach your spirit to the Lord.
It’s your and my responsibility to stay well and whole. We do that with the Word of God and by resisting the devil. Go to the Bible and find out His truth. Realize that healing belongs to us and stand in faith for it. Rebuke symptoms when they try to come. Speak God’s Word out loud. Say things like, “In the Name of Jesus I rebuke sickness from my body. I’m healed by the stripes of Jesus.”
When the devil tries to crowd your mind with dark thoughts about your life being cut short, rebuke them. Put him down. Replace those thoughts with the promises of God. Speak the Word out loud in faith. Remember Psalm 91 says the person who makes the Lord his refuge, the one who receives protection and deliverance, has to say so.
#4 – Obey Both Natural and Spiritual Laws
God didn’t make your physical body to fall apart. He made your physical body to sustain itself when given the right food and the right conditions. He created your body to stay well and live long and strong and to be of full age.
And if that’s your goal, you’ll need to willfully determine that. Regardless of what ailments your relatives have had, that doesn’t need to affect you. Don’t look at your family history. You are born of God. Now you’re part of His family and His history. You can take the Word of God and come against any unwanted, hereditary tendencies in your life. That’s a fact.
Now, this doesn’t mean you can eat unhealthy foods all the time and expect to live healed and live long. Most sickness is self-induced by wrong diet and lifestyle. There are natural and spiritual laws by which we are to live. It’s our responsibility to eat the right kind of foods, exercise, rest—to make choices that will help us stay healthy. We live in a world where cause-and-effect are at work–both spiritually and naturally.
God expects us to obey Him. Scripture tells us over and over to hearken to God’s voice and His Word. Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” God’s Word is medicine to your flesh. Not only that, this medicine affects everything in your life. It will cause your faith to rise up and help you believe. With faith you will believe you have received.
Dig into the Word—it’s essential to your life and health. Spend time there and find out what God is telling you to do. If He instructs you to make changes, know that they will always be for your benefit. When you are obedient to walk in His ways, God surrounds you with blessings—healing, protection, favor, and whatever you need.
#5 – Guard Your Heart
Proverbs 4:23 in The Amplified Bible warns, “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” You “keep” your heart by keeping it full of the Word of God. That’s the most important thing you have to do in this life. You can’t live in divine health and keep your faith up without a steady diet of the life force of God, which is the Word of God.
The wisdom of God is written down for us. His Word is precious because it takes care of everything in our life. It causes health and healing to come. It brings happiness, joy and peace—nothing missing, nothing broken. Walking in God’s wisdom is a key to living long and living well.
Proverbs 3:13-18 says: “Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retains her.”
By spending time in the Word of God we can have so much life flowing out of us that sickness and disease can’t hardly get close to us.
Jesus teaches us that our commandment is to love God with all our heart and to love each other. You can’t live long and strong and stay in strife or unforgiveness or other disobedience. When that happens, life flow is hindered. Disobedience opens the door to the effects of the curse in our lives, but obedience releases the blessings of God.
I’m convinced it’s very possible to live with passion and with purpose over 100 years old by obeying the Word of God. If you eat the way God said to eat and abstained from what He said to abstain from, you’d be well on your way to a strong and healthy body. Add to that a steady diet of the Word of God, allowing the life force of the Word to continually strengthen you. Then if you were faithful to obey the Word of God in every area of life, I believe you could live an active, productive life over 100 years and even more.
When you fellowship with God, you can live healthy and live long. “And you shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless your bread, and your water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of you…the number of your days I will fulfil.” (Exodus 23:25-26) Praise the Lord for His Word and for His benefits.
I know you can do it because, with God, nothing is impossible.
Remember, with God Nothing Is Impossible!
Dale and Paula
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