Your days are numbered.
Did you know that?
And not ONE of them is worthless or unimportant.
Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days so we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Whoa. So, how do we number our days? Well, the first few verses in that chapter give us some clues. It’s basically this:
Realizing who WE are and what We’ve done in the light of realizing who GOD is and what HE’S done.
Moses starts the Psalm by talking about the greatness and eternality of God.
v. 2 – “Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
So, basically – we must try to see our lives from God’s perspective, since He’s been around a bit longer than we have, and knows a whole lot more than we ever could.
To make sure we get the point, Moses goes on to describe our humanness and mortality.
v. 5 – Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
v. 9-10 – All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
Pretty gloomy sounding, isn’t it?
Almost in one breath – life is here, then it’s gone.
Does it matter to us?
I don’t know about you, but I struggle with being my own god.
With living my life as if it is going to go on forever, and forgetting why I was created.
I forget that by original design, this world is not my home and the things of it are as frail as a snowflake.
I live my life as if I am the author of my future, the keeper of my past, and the conqueror of my present, but I deceive myself.
The eternal Time Keeper sees the big picture of my life – the good, the bad, and the ugly- and weaves them all together to make me into a child fit for Heaven.
The troubles, the trials, the heartache and pain, serve a grander purpose. Moses’ words help us put grief and trials in their proper place:
See verses 14-17, particularly verse 15:
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
17 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.
It’s really all about seeing things from the right perspective. Who we are and who He is.
If his ‘unfailing love’ truly satisfies us, then whatever the ‘affliction’ or ‘trouble’, we can ‘sing for joy’ and ‘be glad all our days’, because we recognize the extravagance of the Father’s love.
When we are satisfied with His ‘unfailing love’ – then everything else falls into its proper place. Our deeds and our ‘works’ no longer control us, but are controlled by the Holy Spirit in us.
The number of our days no longer matter – it’s how we fill each one of those days that begins to shape our points of view.
I don’t know about you, but I really need to get my mind off of me – and onto Jesus!
Check out a picture that speaks a thousand words about the Glory of God by visiting Jon England’s site here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/snappermcgee/4935860312/in/set-72157624710749646/
Truly, this picture looked like it belong with a prayer.