A Season of Psalms - Psalm 90:9-12
“For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh. The
years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you? So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Would you live your life differently if you knew your time was short? This is the theme of Mark Manson’s book “7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose.” Manson believes that death is a great motivator for considering what’s truly important. We tend to plod through life accepting the status quo, while silently we crave more. But if we knew that our time was drawing to a close, would we take back control of our moments and our days and fight for more?
Book Four of the Psalter begins with Psalm 90, attributed to Moses. He recollects God’s eternality through the ages in comparison with the finiteness of mankind. He has been the dwelling place of His people for generations, and He has endured long before the foundations of the earth. He is from everlasting to everlasting, yet man’s span is but a breath. Seventy to eighty years is the span of our lives, filled with toil and trouble. Yet in the midst of our fragmented and frustrating lives, Moses asks in verse 12, “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Wisdom is the ability to live life in an authentic way. A wise person knows how to make the right choices at the right time. Dependence on the Sovereign God is our only recourse, and in full reliance on Him for every moment of every day, we can have more life in our days than days in our life. Quality vs. quantity.
What does that look like in your life? Does it mean relinquishing control of your life to the plans and purposes of God? Here’s what I know about our God: He supplies all our needs in Christ. Through grace, He’s given us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms, according to His riches in glory. He gives His angels charge over us. He is Jehovah Jireh, and He cares for you. When we give our lives to God and live for Him, we will never be disappointed, we will never be ashamed. To God be the glory, great things He Has done!
Further Reading: Matthew 6:25-34; Proverbs 8:32-36
Pray with me:
Lord Jesus, as the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants after You. You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship You. Teach me to hold things loosely and hold You tightly. This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.