by Rev Jason Phua
Readings: Luke 21:29-22:13; Psalm 90:1-91:16
READ (Verse chosen for meditation)
Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom”
What is to “number our days”? The Hebrew root word for “number” is “mana” which literally means to compute something arithmetically. Used in the context of Psalm 90, where the Psalmist spoke of God’s wrath and His unique ability to see through all person’s secret sins, we get the idea that to “number” is not merely to count a person’s age or trying to ask God for a prophecy. The fact is that unless revealed by God, none of us know how long we will live. We could be living another 50 years; we could also be brought back home in God’s presence tomorrow. Hence, in the light of this truth, the Psalmist prayed that we shall make our time here on earth count as much for the Lord as possible. In doing so, we shall “gain a heart of wisdom”. Wisdom is an idea much cherished by the Psalmists, for with wisdom comes true joy in the Lord. For this to happen, we cannot rely on worldly management theories, but we are to ask of the Lord to “teach” us. Indeed, God will teach us if we are willing and He will mainly teach us through His Word, our prayers with Him and the anointed voices of the Body of Christ.
Numbering my days is an easy concept to know but a challenging thing to put into practice. I so frequently fall into an “auto-pilot” mode because that is a much more comfortable way of doing things. I do not pause frequently enough to ask of the Lord each day to teach me: “Lord, what and how would you have me serve you today like it is the last?” We could be surprised by the Lord’s answer if we ask such questions of Him frequently enough. Sometimes He wants us to catch precious opportunities to share the Gospel with someone; sometimes He just wants us to be faithful in the things we do on a daily basis. Whatever it is, we believe that if we go as the Lord desires; we shall rejoice and be glad all our days even in times of affliction.
My Lord and my God, teach us to number our days because it matters to you. Teach us to number our days so that we can live as living sacrifices for your glory. Amen