Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 90:12
“So, teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
This verse does not mean that we are to keep count of the number of days we have been here. For instance, I have been here, on this earth approximately 22,700 days. This means nothing in the grand scheme of life. What it does refer to is that we should understand that our lives here are not limitless. It more truly describes how we should live our lives going forward. The idea is that we should estimate our days such that we understand they will pass quickly and then they will be over, and we should live these days with a heart in pursuit of wisdom and not folly.
Many people follow the path of the rich fool found in the gospel of Luke. “And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.” Luke 12:19. He planned to take it easy, he would live well since the harvest that year was phenomenal. However, the story ends horribly for him. “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared? So is the man who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:21. This man focused on himself and not on how to live a Godly life. He assumed his life would go on for years, however, his life did not even last another day.
Then you have those who live by the saying, “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” A twist on what we read in Luke, however, there is a definite distinction. First of all, this phrase is normally has a derogatory meaning. The idea here is they live their lives in a totally narcissistic way. What does it matter what happens to us, what is important is that we enjoy life now. There thought is not of doing what is right but doing what they enjoy.
However, neither of these ways are what our focus verse is calling for. We are to understand that our lives are short. That our remaining days will come to an end. But this is not truly the end. “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” Hebrews 9:27-28. As the parable of the sheep and goats lays out, we will be judged, and we will either go to the right with all the sheep or to the left with all the goats. Do we eagerly await His return? If so, wisdom calls us to obey and honor God. We must be wise and be led by God in every part of our life. As the writer of Proverbs puts it, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7. Wisdom comes from the reverence and adoration of God, following His ways and spending time with Him. This should be our focus, and our priority. And this is what we should do from this time forward.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.