Psalm 90 is attributed to Moses, possibly a prayer offered during one of many times when Israel rebelled during the 40 years wandering in the wilderness. It is a prayer which places sin in opposition to God’s judgment and seeks for understanding of God and life on Israel’s [and our] part.
A key verse is 12, quoted here in the NLT;
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. (Psalm 90:12 (NLT))
This is a lesson which seems to need God’s instruction if we are to understand it before we qualify for a Golden Buckeye card, if by then (55 is the magic number)!
We’ve been married 35 years; our youngest child is turning 20 this month (July). We have two wonderful grandchildren, and I have no idea where the time went!
There is a current contemporary Christian song that has a lyric seeking to use God’s gift of life well; “I want to… Love like I’m on borrowed time.” [Jason Gray: Good to Be Alive]
This song carries the beginning of wisdom to a great degree. We all tend to live like we have countless tomorrows. We plan to do things for God; ‘after I retire; when the kids are in college; after my career is on track; or my favorite, “Hey, I’m already a pastor, what more could I do?”
Yesterday I met the most beautiful girl I have ever known; today we have grandchildren; tomorrow they will graduate…
All we know of time for sure is this moment we are passing through.
All we need ask to begin to be wise is, “Am I honoring God in this moment?”