I have a bible study group that meets in my house on Sunday afternoons, something a few dads in the neighborhood and I started a few years ago. It has been amazing to watch our sons grow up in this group called “Arrows.” The reason we call it “Arrows” is based on Ps. 127:4 — Like arrows in the hands of a warrior so are the sons of one’s youth. As a group of dads we want to challenge our young men to grow up to be men of God.
Recently, one of our meetings centered around Psalm 90 — The Psalm of Moses. It is believed that Moses probably wrote this Psalm toward the end of his life. In verse 12 Moses says: Teach us to number our days carefully, so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.
We all want wisdom in our hearts — that God-sense of knowing right and wrong and the ability to make good choices. But what was Moses talking about in Psalm 90? He says if we number our days carefully, we will develop wisdom in our hearts. Here’s what I’m convinced of he’s talking about — to approach every day of our lives with a sense of how precious each day is.
I don’t have to convince you how fast time flies these days. It feels like the world is turning faster than it used to. But if you are going to lead your ministry and your family with wisdom, you need to have a sense day by day that this part is temporary; that there is eternity out in front of you, and that every day is precious and a gift from God. And when you make decisions, you are making decisions that have eternal consequences — that is how you live with wisdom.
Moses closes the Psalm with a fascinating statement. He says in verse 17: Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish for us the work of our hands — establish the work of our hands!
Here’s what I think he means — If we live with intentionality, if we treat each day as precious, if we number our days and steward them carefully, we will live with wisdom. And if we live with wisdom, the things that we are doing will matter forever.
I happen to know that Moses’ prayer in this Psalm was answered by God. If you go to Revelation 15, you see something that is fascinating to think about. It says, “And they sang the Psalm of Moses.” Think about that. In heaven, we will sing a song that was written on earth. The reason Moses could write a song on earth that will be sung in heaven is because he numbered his days, he had wisdom that came from God, and God established the work of his hands.
My prayer for each of us today — Lord, teach us to number our days. Help us to use the balance of this day in a way that honors You, and establish the work of our hands!
Director, LifeWay Worship