Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 9, Ezekiel 39, Psalm 90, Ephesians 6.
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. . . Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:12, 14
Couple of thoughts about this text. . .
First, notice the phrase “our days” in both verses.
The psalmist asks God to teach His people how to “number their (our) days” so that they may get a heart of wisdom. Later the psalmist declares that if a particular thing happens, they will “rejoice and be glad all of their (our) days.”
There is a connection between considering our length of time on the earth (“number our days”) and how to live out those days with joy and gladness (“all our days”).
The psalmist wants to live out his days on the earth with a wise heart. He wants to live them to the fullest. He knows he won’t last forever. He knows he won’t live long (compared to eternity). So he wants to grasp the reality of the brevity of his life and not waste a second. A key to doing this, he concludes, is being satisfied – every morning – with something in particular. He knows that for him to not waste his life and to live his days full of joy and gladness, he will need to be reminded/remind himself of the steadfast love of the Father every single morning.
Being loved on by God – every day – is a key (if not THE key) to living our brief life with passion, energy, and eternal intentionality. When you and I are confident in the Lord’s unceasing love for us, it will free us to live with freedom, peace, passion and urgency. In essence, it means we will go about our day knowing we really cannot fail.
Have you been satisfied in the steadfast love of the Lord this morning? If not, you will look for satisfaction and confidence and joy in things never intended to do so. When that happens we waste our days.
Second, notice the phrase “that we may” in both verses.
This isn’t an original thought with me. I don’t think I have ever had one in my life (I believe it is Louie Giglio who originally stated something along these lines). But consider the tone of the psalmist’s prayer: “that we may . . .”
He wants to number his days rightly, so he may have a heart of wisdom. Not, “because he must.”
He wants to be satisfied with the steadfast love of God, so he may be full of joy and gladness. Not, “because I have to.”
No, so he may.
There is a big difference in my wife’s tone toward my kids when she says “you may have a chocolate chip cookie,” as opposed to “you must get in your bed now.” The simple word “may” carries with it a tone of permission to do something amazing. The psalmist wants permission from God to have wisdom and joy and gladness all of his days. Being loved on by God and having a knowledge of the brevity of life yields an incredible permission to experience wisdom and gladness.
Following and obeying and yielding to and praying for the will and purposes of God is not a burden. Oh no. It is a unleashing permission to experience the remarkable.
Do you realize what you may be able to do today?