“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psalms 90:12)”
The writer (Moses) of this Psalm is singing his prayer to God, where he declares the eternal character of God against the short lifespan of man; the people have sinned and God’s anger and wrath are towards his people.
Instead of entering into his eternal blessings the people will now find that their live are like a story which is about to end.
“For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. (Psalms 90:9)”
The potential of greatness was wasted; the people choose sin instead of using their lives to glorify God. Because they wasted their moment, the only thing they have to look forward to, (in their short lifespan), is the sigh that comes as their last breath leaves their body.
However, Moses understands the mercy of God. So he prays that the Lord will give the people another chance to make their days count for something; another chance to live their lives for God and through wisdom, they may regain the potential that was lost.
“Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. (Proverbs 3:16 “KJV”)
Throughout the scriptures we are told that there are things that we do that can shorten or lengthen our life on this earth. By applying Godly wisdom to the things we do, there is a good chance that we will live out our days to the fullest possibly and (with prosperity).
“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16)”
Paul tells the Church here to wakeup and not to live their lives like fools do. “Redeeming the time“; in other words make every moment count, take every opportunity available to live their lives for God.
Anyone can live a so-so life or have just a mere existence in this world that we live in, but it takes a real effort to live for Christ. It seems that there is compromise around every corner, that it takes a real resolve to walk out a life of Faith.
There is an almost paradox when living for God; on one hand scripture says that following after Godly wisdom will led to a long life; yet, on the other hand there may be times where our faith may led us to martyrdom. Where we lose this life, but gain eternal life. In truth, you really haven’t lived until you have given away your life to the Lord.
The question that might be asked!
Who has your time? Is it the Lord, is it the world or are you trying to keep it all to yourself? No one knows how long they have, the only thing we can do is “count our days” or make each day count as if it’s our last.
You can have the time of your life and use it however you will; where you will realize the shortness of it as you breathe your last breath.
Or, you can give your time to God; where you will find your potential greatness in the Lord and his eternal benefits…….It’s your choice!