Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Numbering Our Days - August 4, 2010

Psalm 90 (New International Version)
A prayer of Moses the man of God.

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.

2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You turn men back to dust,
saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men."

4 For a thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.

5 You sweep men away in the sleep of death;
they are like the new grass of the morning-

6 though in the morning it springs up new,
by evening it is dry and withered.

7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.

8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.

9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.

10 The length of our days is seventy years—
or eighty, if we have the strength;
yet their span is but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

11 Who knows the power of your anger?
For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.

12 Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Relent, O LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.

14 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 upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.

The other day my wife remineded me of how old I was getting to be. She made note of the fact that if I lived to age 70, as Moses indicates is the life span for man above, I only have about 5170 days left to live. Now that is not many days left of the approximately 25,570 we are given. I am praying for the extra 3,653 days that will get me to 80!

The sad thing I often wonder how many of those days I have wasted on the things of this world rather than the things of God. I often wonder what kind of legacy that I will leave behind, what have I really done for God and His kingdom? The wonderful thing is that God is in control of all things. He knew which day of those 25,000+ that I would seek His grace, mercy and forgiveness, and He knows the day that He will call me to be with Him.

Moses prays above for God's favor and asks for success at whatever he does. We too need to always seek God and His will for the days that we have on this earth. Our presence here is not a chance of nature; each and every person is here to fulfill God's purposes. It is our duty to learn what God's will is and to be obedient to His plan. So with the days I have left, I will commit to seeking Him in prayer, asking for Him to give me wisdom and guidance. I place my trust in His purposes for me, and know that they are meant for my good.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)

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