but the years of the wicked will be short.
Proverbs 10:27 (ESV)
For centuries explorers have searched for the mythological "fountain of youth". According to legend, this fountain holds the secrets of life. By some accounts, its waters bring healing and prolong life. By other accounts, one sip of its watery nectar grants immortality. In ancient times, dishonest but cunning peddlers would sell bottles of water reported to be from the actual Fountain of Youth. Sincere, but naive, kings and nobleman (the only ones who could afford such items) paid dearly for what amounted to normal H2O.
Can you imagine the value of such a fountain today? Billionaires fly all over the world to the best hospitals, all to add a few years to their life. The poor cram into the hospital emergency rooms. Though they have no insurance, the seek some remedy that would allow them to gain a few years. The impoverished in other countries feebly travel to distant clinics, all in the hopes of adding some amount of time to their lives. If the Fountain of Youth were found, it would be an incredible discovery and the richest treasure known to man.
However, Christians have always had this "fountain" (though many of them fail to realize it). Yahweh claims that those who fear him are granted prolonged life. Jesus also tells us in the New Testament that he offers us "abundant life", and "eternal life". Not only will God prolong our life here, He grants us eternal life with Him.
The questions is, what is this access to life worth to you? Jesus asks only one payment: namely, that you give your life to him. Will you bow the knee to the Savior? He paid with his life, that you might have life.
The water from that fountain is the sweetest, indeed.
You have granted me life through your Son,
Take my life,
that I might have eternal life with you.
Take my life,
that I may have abundant life with on earth.
Take my life & prolong it,
that I might praise your name
for just a moment longer.