Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
3 You turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
4 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.
5 You carry them away like a flood;
They are like a sleep.
In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
6 In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
In the evening it is cut down and withers.
7 For we have been consumed by Your anger,
And by Your wrath we are terrified.
8 You have set our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
9 For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
We finish our years like a sigh.
10 The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
This is another Psalm worthy of our meditation. (It continues past verse 12 to 17, take time to read it all.)
As you read 1-11 you will see the greatness of God. God wants us to know that He is God. He often had His prophets (Moses wrote this Psalm) describe His wisdom and His might. The purposes of God are above our comprehension.
Here we see God even aware of our sins. How wonderful to see God’s greatness and how shameful for us to realize His total awareness even of our sin. We must be aware of this and seek, as Joseph did, to flee from our sin, to ever push away from temptation. Christ came and died because of our sin, for our reconciliation with God. Sin must never be taken lightly nor passed over but confessed and repented of.
But I want you to look at verse 12. All that comes before it seems to point to its message. God wants us to number our days so we will apply our hearts to wisdom. How many days have you lived? How many do you have left to live? If I live as long as my parents, I am 2/3 finished with my life and have 1/3 left. What am I doing to apply God’s wisdom to this 1/3 of my life? We tend to apply our hearts to worldly wisdom better than to godly wisdom.
So here is the question: what wisdom does God want you to apply to the remaining days of your life?
I am on my way back from taking my parents to Virginia. We will be back around dinner time. The trip went well and was very good for my mom.
Sunday I plan to bring part 2 of the message on Creation from the rest of the Bible. This has been a fascinating study. This is a message that our children really need to hear and to digest.
Have a great day in the Lord,