Imagine if you knew how long you would live? I’m not talking about a doctor giving you a diagnosis of a terminal disease. I’m talking about God telling you how many days you will live. If you knew that information how would it change your life? Would it give your life more purpose? Would you fulfill everything on your bucket list? Moses asks God to teach the Israelites to number their days so that they would live with wisdom.
Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.
How Long Will You Live?
Moses is the author of this Psalm. It is the only one he writes. Most of Psalm 90 is about how beautiful and sovereign God is but verses ten through twelve talks about a persons length of life. He says the years of life is seventy, eighty if you are strong. Those years are filled with toil and trouble yet no one trusts God. He asks that we will be reminded of our length of life and live with wisdom.
We only have so much time on earth. If we get to live a long life it is a blessing, if not it is God’s will. Because of that, we need to make everyday count. Wasting days on sinful vices is losing time. We need to live with wisdom and walk in the steadfast love of the Lord. What does it mean to do that?
Live with Wisdom
Living with the wisdom of the Lord means that we measure what we want to do against what the wisdom of God’s word says. We seek him in prayer and ask that he will guide us as we make our decisions. Most of all, we learn from our mistakes and make every effort not to repeat them.
Walk in Steadfast Love
Walking in the steadfast love of the Lord is a common phrase used in the book of Psalms. David loved to use it because it reminded him that God’s love wasn’t conditional and that every morning it was there waiting for him and it wasn’t going anywhere. You cannot shake the steadfast love of the Lord. He loves you whether you are doing good or blowing it. Walk each day knowing that you are loved by the Lord.