Make the Most Out of Your Time-Psalm (90:9-12)

Psalm 90:9-12 “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.”

Salmo 90:9-12 “Tutti i nostri giorni svaniscono per la tua ira; finiamo i nostri anni come un soffio. 10 I giorni dei nostri anni arrivano a settant’anni, o, per i più forti, a ottant’anni; e quel che ne fa l’orgoglio, non è che travaglio e vanità; perché passa presto, e noi ce ne voliamo via. 11 Chi conosce la forza della tua ira e il tuo sdegno con il timore che ti è dovuto? 12 Insegnaci dunque a contare bene i nostri giorni, per acquistare un cuore saggio. 

     Because of sin and the judgment of God, our life has been shortened to 70 years or a few more. If you talk to anyone around that age, they will tell you that life flies by quicker than you think. Young people have no real perspective on the longevity of life unless they are confronted with a surprising early end. But time waits for no man and each day we move closer to the end of our earthly life.

     Because life passes by so quickly and nothing can be reclaimed, should we not make the most of the time allotted to us? In this Psalm of Moses, he implores us to seek wisdom knowing that our days are numbered. Verse 12 says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” David also says in Psalm 39:4-5 “Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am. 5 “Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath.” The entire book of Proverbs is a series of short sermonettes on wisdom for living. As the title of Francis Schafer’s book written more than 40 years ago asks, “How shall we then live? Let us make the most out of what time God has given.” 

Pray with me: Lord, I see that each day is a time-stamped gift. Help me to take seriously the responsibility to use each day as an opportunity to gain wisdom that pleases You.

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