Psalm 90: 4 For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night…10 The length of our days is seventy years-- or eighty, if we have the strength…12 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom…14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Our perspective and God’s perspective are two very different outlooks. God is not bound by time as the psalmist says. A thousand years is equivalent to a day. So that which is really important to us may seem to be delayed. He is not constrained by, nor does He have to respond to the demands of time. We may think a deadline is a deadline until we pass it without any response from God. Our faith in Him is based on His overall creative powers and faithfulness. He will not fail us. He responds when the time is right.
The psalmist is encouraging us to get a shift in our perspective regarding the length and importance of our life. It is nothing in comparison to the overall picture of creation. 70 to 80 years is the duration of our lives. We think everything revolves around us, that we are so important. Yet we are like the grass that grows up in the morning but is withered by the hot afternoon sunshine. We are not here on earth for a long time. Hence the psalmist suggests we number our days aright that we might be wise.
The man without God is foolish. His time is short and will pass so quickly. We need to assess whom we are, what we have accomplished and what we want to do. God is looking for people like that. Those who want to make their lives matter. Our lives matter first and foremost when we seek His unfailing love. This love is poured out upon us through His son, Jesus, who gave His life for us. There isn’t time to wait until the twilight years of our lives to enter into His love. As early as we possibly can we need to embrace His love. His love will carry us through with joy and gladness all the days of our life.
Prayer: “Father, my times are in your hands. Satisfy me in the morning with your unfailing love so that I may sing for joy and be glad all my days. You are my source, my live and my hope. In Jesus’ name, amen.”