B “You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence” (v. 8).
A1 “For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh” (v. 9).
Verse 9 clarifies verse 7. Both verses envelope v. 8. Moses is saying that God in His wrath ended the lives of the rebellious Israelites because of their sin. The sin of rebellion is the ultimate cause of God’s wrath. But the wrath of God marks the brevity of life.
Do you realize that God hates your sin? When Israel rebelled against God, God saw their sinful hearts. God placed their sin before the eyes of God. God put their secret sins before the light of God’s face.
You cannot hide your sin from the eyes of God. God sees your sinfulness. The sins you keep from others are never hidden from God. The light of God illumines the darkness of our hearts.
Because of our sin, our days pass by under God’s wrath. Our days shall “end like a sigh.” The word, “sigh” (Heb. haga) means, “rumbling, growling, moaning” (BDB) or a passing sound.
“The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away”(Ps. 90:10). How many years can you probably reach in life? 70? 80 years? Even if you reach 100 years old, 100 is but a sigh. Because of our sin, life is short, and life is full of troubles.
This is a profound acknowledgement of the wrath of God against the sin of humans. Divine judgment seals human frailty. Sin is a very serious thing.
But there is good news. In v. 14, Moses asked God to cancel His wrath by His steadfast love. The steadfast love of God can avert the wrath of God.
The steadfast love of God in Christ gives us a chance to start over. Only the faithfulness of God in Christ can make our short life meaningful and productive.