This is a prayer of Moses that is believed to be said in the Wilderness knowing that he and other adults would never see Canaan. I wonder how Moses felt receiving a promise of a land to call their own and then to find out due to their disobedience he himself would never see it? I feel this is a plea by Moses to ask God to show them the value of life.
Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. You turn man to destruction, And say, “Return, O children of men.” For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night. You carry them away like a flood; They are like a sleep. In the morning they are like grass which grows up: In the morning it flourishes and grows up; In the evening it is cut down and withers. For we have been consumed by Your anger, And by Your wrath we are terrified. You have set our iniquities before You, Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance. For all our days have passed away in Your wrath; We finish our years like a sigh. The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath. So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:1-12 (NKJV)
Do you think Moses may have thought… I wish we could go and take back the time that we wasted worshiping those idols and living in disobedience. Moses and the Israelites were experiencing God’s wrath and Moses was told by God that he would never reach the Promised Land. He states that God has put their secret sin in the light of His countenance. They simply wasted time living the way they wanted to. I have often heard preachers say, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” As Moses is saying this prayer maybe he realizes this concept, so Moses pleads with God to “teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. Moses is talking to God about how short time on Earth is. God’s wrath on the Israelites, due to their own disobedience, taught them a lesson that we can learn from today. Think back to the last year… Are there things in 2013 that you wish you could go and get that wasted time back? I know personally, after the passing of my grandmother on Thanksgiving 2013, I wish I could go back and make more visits with my grandmother. Even more so, are there things that God told you to do or not to do that you chose to waste your time in disobedience? Once life is over it is over. The truth is that life is too short to make mistakes especially when it’s the spiritual things that we keep making the mistakes in. None of us can go back and change the past but we can, with the help of wisdom from the Holy Spirit, make better decisions on how our time is spent today and tomorrow. Even then, we are not promised tomorrow; so get busy today. Let God teach you to number your days, that you can gain a heart of wisdom. The choice at hand is will we value the brevity of life and walk in the Will Of God, or will we choose to live life the way we want to, thus wasting time that could be spent living, dwelling and celebrating in the Promised Land.
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for the opportunity to open up your book of wisdom. I pray that we can learn from this word and apply it to our lives. God teach us to number our days, so we can gain that heart of wisdom. Teach us today to value the time that we have. God show us how to live in a manner that glorifies you, and let us understand Your Will and how to walk in it. God I pray that we can make every moment count for your Kingdom. We Pray this in the name of Jesus Christ Our Risen Savior. Amen.