For those of you who were at church yesterday, I would just like to again say with you, HATE EVIL, LOVE GOOD! If you missed church this past week, then go to our website and have a listen. I think you’ll find something worth your time. In this week’s blog I wanted us to look a little closer at Psalm 90. This Psalm, we are told, is a prayer from our old friend, Moses. The heart of what Moses is saying here is that life on earth isn’t forever. In fact our years on Earth, as he says in his prayer, “quickly pass, and we fly away.”
The NIV translation translates verse 12 this way: Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Sometimes we believe that what we are, what we see, and how things are will always be the same as it is right now. I know when we had small children in our home, it seemed that we would never come to a time of no diapers in the house, but it happened. It seemed that going to a restaurant with our family so that we could have a nice peaceful relaxing meal was an endless exercise in futility. I don’t actually recall how many times Linda and I said to ourselves, “We’re never going to a restaurant with the family again. But we did. I remember staying late at one of the grandparents houses and when it was time to go, I carried each sleeping child and lay them down in the van, only to repeat the process when we got home as I put them in their beds. Now they take their own cars and stay out later than we do. Time has gone by so quickly.
I remember as if it were only yesterday when some of my daughters would play dress up and pretend to be “ladies.” Then what seemed to be just a few days later I was standing next to a beautiful young lady (actually three different times) who was all dressed up in a glistening pure white dress and another man was asking me, “Who gives this woman…
Moses in this Psalm gives us such an important reminder of how quickly the sands of time, this gift of life from our Creator, are quickly slipping through the hourglass. Would you read with me the last six verses.
Psalm 90:12-17 (NLT)
12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
13 O Lord, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! 14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. 15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. 16 Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. 17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!
Verse 17 in the NIV tells us:
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
Establish the work of our hands for us—
Yes, establish the work of our hands.
The brevity of life, sometimes we don’t like to think about it. But it’s a fact. Tomorrow will quickly be yesterday. Since that is how life works and its quick passing is guaranteed, maybe it is the wise thing to do when we make the decision to number our days, and deal with them wisely. Maybe we should do all we can to make sure that none of our days are wasted. And just maybe, as Moses prayed in this Psalm we could ask that God would establish the work of our hands. Maybe we could ask in our prayers that God would make our efforts in life, loving and serving God and family, to be successful, to amount to something in His eyes.
I think that over 150 short years ago Abraham Lincoln hit the nail on the head when he said:
Yes, Lord, establish the work of our hands.