Learn to Number Our Days

Meditating on Psalm 90

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psalm 90:12).

Psalm 90 is a prayer for wisdom for God’s children to be able to realize the judgments and goodness of God and that they will learn to turn away from their strayings and return to Him.

Just a few nights ago after my husband offered three days absolute fasting (absolutely no food and water) in Pampanga Fasting House, we were talking about beloved brethren in Church who are so fervent in offering prayers with fasting. My husband was complaining of a kind of discomfort he suffers whenever he fasts and prays which makes him lose much sleep. I pointed out to him that I don’t usually hear such kinds of problems from other brethren when they thank the Lord in the pulpit for being able to offer up long prayers with fasting. Fact is, most of them are always on fire serving the Lord, and offering prayers with fastings regularly brings them so much joy.

I reminded my husband that in the early years of serving the Lord, he used to be so fervent in praising and worshiping at home in the mornings and evenings. He also prayed and fasted for days on end every three months or so. He willingly and gladly yielded himself to serving the Lord this way. And during those years, he didn’t complain of having any discomforts while fasting. I mentioned that, sometimes, we get so immersed in our affairs in the world – work, projects, plans, acquisitions, family, pleasures, and even problems in the home and in the workplace – that we don’t realize we are slowly veering farther away from our service to God.

Such are the common troubles of Christians whose priorities are those of the things of the world and not of God. I am always in awe listening to beloved brethren in Church, especially the elder women and men who are zealous in their service to God. They fast and pray often and they accomplish it in a breeze. Why? Because their joy in abandoning themselves to the will of God serves as the wind in their sails, propelling them to cruise through the ocean of faith towards eternal life!

Just like the words of Psalm 90, Christians sometimes find themselves sailing in dire straits because they choose to put more of their attention, time, and energy to the world and be entangled therein, and less in knowing God and growing in His grace. Psalm 90 teaches us that wherever we’ve gone, however successful we have become in the world, whatever plans we have for the future, there is an end to our days, our life is short (v. 10) and therefore, we must learn to turn to God and serve Him with all our hearts, minds, souls, and might, and the end – eternal life!

We finish our years like a sigh.
10 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.

So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom. (vv. 9-12)

Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. This should be our constant prayer to turn us away from our follies and we focus instead on the Lord Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer, the finisher of our faith.

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Journey with Jesus,

Comments

  1. Yes, when we have the right view of our brevity of life we are so much more apt to trust God and do big things for Him! Thanks for linking up to FFF!

  2. Debbie says:

    Yes, Lord teach me to number my days.

  3. Pamela says:

    I’ve been reading much about wisdom today. I have been searching for wisdom to follow God more fully and God is answering that prayer through you and others.

    May your Sabbath be blessed.

    • RinaPeru says:

      We thank the Holy Spirit, Pamela, for His close and patient guidance and gentle whisperings on which path to go and follow! Blessings!

  4. Marissa says:

    Inspiring blog! Keep writing. God bless you and your family.

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