Wisdom of Psalm 90 (by Gary Roberts)

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Wisdom is what King Solomon asked God for and God gave him so much more because he was wise enough to see that wisdom was more important than any riches or power. To grow in wisdom is what I seek and desire. To be a person of wisdom means that my life is at peace and I walk the love walk in joy.

How important to remember as the psalmist notes that God has been our home “through all the generations,” from year to year to year (90:1). Even “before the mountains were born,” God is God (90:2). God is always there for us.

We may make a big deal out of the change of years but from God’s perspective, “a thousand years are as a passing day” (90:4). This fact reminds us of God’s unmatched majesty. It also suggests that all of our to do about the crystal ball falling in Times Square on New Year’s Eve doesn’t really matter in the long run. There will be difficulties in life: “Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty.

But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away” (90:10). The Bible reminds us that when life is fine for us, others are suffering. We may have plenty to eat, but millions in the world are without food. And we might feel as if we’re going to live forever, but, in fact, our days are numbered.

The psalmist reminds us: “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Or said another ways: “Teach us to count our days, so we might gain a heart of wisdom.”

How does acknowledging the brevity of life help us to be wise? Well, for one thing, when we realize that we have only so many hours on earth, we’ll be eager to use them well, rather than frittering them away with empty activities. Accepting the limits of our lives will help us to use well every minute God gives us.

The psalmist underscores the fact that fulfillment in life isn’t a matter of how much we have or how much we accomplish. Rather, what gives life purpose and meaning is a living relationship with the living God: “Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives” (90:14).

I can’t think of a better thought with which to begin a new day. If we live each day in the satisfaction of God’s love, we will be empowered to live for God, to love God through serving our neighbors. We won’t fret about the passing of time, but we will accept the gift of each day as a new opportunity for love and service.

Let us pray: God of Wisdom we do seek Your wisdom in all that we undertake. We offer You our best and give You all our praise because You have been our home through all generations. We are always at home with You, and You are always there for us. All praise be to You, O God, because You see all of time in a single moment. Years are like seconds to You. Your wisdom and majesty exceed anything we can imagine.

All praise be to You, O God, because You make Your presence known to us, even in times of trial. When our years are filled with pain, they are also filled with Your love. All praise be to You, O God, because You help us to be wise. You teach us through Your Word. You instruct and guide us through Your Spirit.

All praise be to You, O God, because Your unfailing love is there for us each morning. How we sing for joy because of Your goodness to us. All praise be to You, O God, because You have been with us in the past and You will be with us in all our tomorrows as You are with us this very moment. We praise Your Name – the Name that is above all Names – Jesus. Amen.

 

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