This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read Psalm 90 and jotted this down in my journal… Life is so short and eternity so long that I can’t afford to foul up!
Here is the profound, inspired truth of God’s word in Psalm 90 that prompted that personal comment!
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God! … For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night… You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh. The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away… So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom… Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil. Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (From Psalm 90 ESV)
This great Psalm is attributed to “Moses, the man of God.” He had seen it all… The power of God, the mighty miracles of God, the sin and rebellion of God’s people, their complaining and faithlessness, and the sad consequences – 40 years of wandering in the wilderness as an entire generation died. He personally suffered the tragic consequences of a moment of rash anger that kept him from entering the Promised Land. And so he utters this Psalm – this prayer at the end of his life… “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom!”
My personal paraphrase and prayer? “Oh Lord, life is so short and eternity so long that I can’t afford to foul up! Help me now! Help me tomorrow! Help me every day – every moment of my life – to be faithful to You until I enter Your presence!”