Psalm 90:10-12 “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
When we were young, days seemed to go on forever. Watching clouds, riding our bikes, or playing with friends, our summers would seem like such a long time.
Now, after sixty such summers, it feels as if someone is pressing, and prodding the day to be over with. The phrase “over the hill” was meant to satirically poke fun at those of us who have past our midway point through life. But, it feels as if I am on a downward slope that is increasingly rolling toward retirement, older age, and Heaven.
Moses, the writer of Psalm 90, was probably very respectful of the number of days he had. His beginnings were nothing short of divinely guided. Growing up in Pharaoh’s household and in line to power, he was strategically placed by God to have doors open to him that many would never have had.
But when He broke from the palace to lead the Israelite people out of Egypt’s bondage, he became zealous and angry and murdered a man. He ran away, and for forty years, he remained on the backside of the desert.
At almost eighty years old, God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
If you ask someone dealing with cancer, how precious each day is to them, they will tell you that every day is a gift. Those who have survived atrocities like WWII, or Vietnam, will tell you that each day is a gift from God.
As a child of God, our life is precious as well.
It is as if we have been given a new lease on life. No longer does the shame, guilt, and punishment hang over our head or weigh on our soul. But we must look with eyes that see much further than most at what lies ahead for each child of God.
One day, my eyes will close for the last time, and when they open, I will be in the presence of my Savior.
2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
I will not have to stand at the Great White Throne for judgment of my sin. But, I will stand before God for what I did with what I was given.
Each child of God has been given gifts and talents to be used for His purpose, and His glory. Just as Christ told the disciples of the ones who received talents from their Master, a day of reckoning will come for us as well.
Most, if not all would want to hear those words “Well done” as a servant of God. But, as each day rolls closer to the end, I can tell you that it becomes more urgent to take seriously the call to submit to His will; obey His commands, and listen for His call for what to do today.
No one knows when their life clock will expire. But we do know that with each passing day, it draws closer and closer.
If there were a pill, a healthy diet program, an exercise regimen that could guarantee to extend our life, it would be the most popular thing today. We do not want to have to face our own mortality, yet it draws ever closer. Time marches on minute by minute, day by day, week by week.
“Teach us to number our days…”
If you genuinely value today as a gift from God, what will you do now that it has been opened?