Our days are numbered.
When my kids were growing up I taught them that time was our most valuable commodity. You can only spend a minute once and then it’s gone. Unlike money, which we can save, time passes regardless of how we spend it. Once it’s gone, there is no reclaiming it. And there is no guarantee that we will have another year, day or moment. Any moment may be our last, at least in this life.
The Old Testament book of Psalms is full of thoughts on the temporary nature of our life on earth. Psalms 90 opens by telling of the eternal nature of God. Then the author (many credit this Psalm to Moses) turns his thoughts to mankind and our limited days. “In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew. In the morning it flourishes and sprouts anew; toward evening it fades and withers away.”
In light of eternity, our time on earth is terribly short. And while we who call Jesus “Lord” know that we will be with Him in eternity, we still have this time on earth to spend. How do we make our time, our life matter?
The writer of Psalm 90 says that a life that matters begins with the knowledge that life itself, as we live it here, is temporary. “Teach us to number our days,” he writes. But not so that we may consumed with the thought of death, but “That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” And he also writes, “O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”
It’s an acknowledgement of God’s greatness and love and mercy that leads to a life of meaning, a life worth living. Seeking God’s will, allowing Him to work His will in and through us is how we live a life that matters, a life that once it is over is worthy of remembering.
And the writer of Psalm 90 realizes the desire to live a life that matters is only possible when God leads us and gives meaning to how we live and the way we spend our days.
I’ll be sharing from Psalm 90 during Middays Prayer Time this week, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
Mon 06/20/22 Psalm 90:1-3
Tue 06/21/22 Psalm 90:4-7
Wed 06/22/22 Psalm 90:8-10
Thu 06/23/22 Psalm 90:11-13
Fri 06/24/22 Psalm 90:14-17
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