Hey everyone! Tomorrow is my birthday (Nov. 8). I am turning 22 years old. Time is going by really fast. God has been really gracious to me and for that I am really thankful. The fact that He has made himself know to me and has saved me through his Son Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit regenerating me is of great joy to me. There is much to celebrate in these 22 years of life that God has given me. The best is yet to come!
So let’s go to God’s word.
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 ESV
So teach us to number our days – literally, “To number our days is to make us know, and we will bring a heart of wisdom.” The prayer is, that God would instruct us to estimate our days in a right manner: their number; the rapidity with which they pass away; the liability to be cut down; the certainty that they must soon come to an end; their bearing on the future state of being.
In Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible it says,
Let us deeply consider our own frailty, and the shortness and uncertainty of life, that we may live for eternity, acquaint ourselves with thee and be at peace; that we may die in thy favor and live and reign with thee eternally.
the meaning of the petition is, that God would teach us to number our days, as if the present one was the last; for we cannot boast of tomorrow; we know not but this day, or night, our souls may be required of us: but the sense is, that God would teach us seriously to meditate on, and consider of, the shortness of our days; that they are but as a shadow, and there is no abiding; and the vanity and sinfulness of them, that so we may not desire to live here always; and the troubles and sorrows of them, which may serve to wean us from the world, and to observe how unprofitably we have spent them; which may put us upon redeeming time, and also to take notice of the goodness of God, that has followed us all our days, which may lead us to repentance, and engage us in the fear of God:
that we may get a heart of wisdom. – Margin, “Cause to come.” We will bring, or cause to come, a heart of wisdom. By taking a just account of life, that we may bring to it a heart truly wise, or act wisely in view of these facts. The prayer is, that God would enable us to form such an estimate of life, that we shall be truly wise; that we may be able to act “as if” we saw the whole of life, or as we should do if we saw its end. God sees the end – the time, the manner, the circumstances in which life will close; and although he has wisely hidden that from us, yet he can enable us to act as if we saw it for ourselves; to have the same objects before us, and to make as much of life, “as if” we saw when and how it would close. If anyone knew when, and where, and how he was to die, it might be presumed that this would exert an important influence on him in forming his plans, and on his general manner of life. The prayer is, that God would enable us to act “as if” we had such a view.
to consider our latter end, and what will become of us hereafter; which is a branch of wisdom so to do; to seek the way of salvation by Christ; to seek to Christ, the wisdom of God, for it; to fear the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom; and to walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise; to all which an application of the heart is necessary; for wisdom is to be sought for heartily, and with the whole heart: and to this divine teachings are requisite, as well as to number our days; for unless a man is taught of God, and by his Spirit convinced of sin, righteousness, and judgment, he will never be concerned, in good earnest, about a future state; nor inquire the way of salvation, nor heartily apply to Christ for it: he may number his days, and consider the shortness of them
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
Psalm 90:12 NLT
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!
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