Psalm 90

Psalm 90 Verse 10

Our days may come to seventy years,
    or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
    for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Psalm 90 Verse 12

Teach us to number our days,
           that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Many people today are knowledgeable, perhaps more so than at any other time, but how many are wise?

In the scheme of things, our time on earth is short. The Psalmist said we will probably live seventy or eighty years, but in those years will be much trouble and sorrow.

Today we expect ninety or a perhaps a hundred years even. But to what avail are the extra years or so if they only entail more trouble and sorrow?

Everyone suffers from disappointment and pain, even though we may think this is reserved for us individually. But we can learn to live with trouble and sorrow when we discover the greatest prize in life, which is not additional time, but wisdom.

The Psalmist tells us to count our days, which means to savour each day and cherish every moment of that day. In modern times this is called living in the moment.

We can develop a heart of wisdom by accepting the brevity of life and looking at the good things God brings before us today, and every subsequent day we are gifted with.

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