“Teach us to count our days.”
Who Said That?
It wasn’t David or Solomon, or one of the prophets. It wasn’t Jesus. It was Moses, but don’t bother searching for it in the Torah because it isn’t in there, its found in the Psalms, its Psalm 90, “A prayer of Moses the man of God.”
Count Our Days?
Verse 2, “…from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
Everlasting is a long time. Longer than we can count.
Verse 4, “A thousand years in your sight are like a day.”
A thousand years isn’t nearly as long as everlasting but its bucket fulls of years longer than we will live.
Verse 10, “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures.”
That seems more like it. Odd though that Moses wrote that and lived to be 120 years old. I guess he had lots of enduring strength.
Verse 12, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Everlasting is hard to count in days. A thousand years is 365,000 days, I can count that high but I won’t live that long.
Seventy years is 25,550 days and eighty years is 29,200 days. Lets split the difference and call it 27,375 days. Okay Moses, we have counted our days and now we need a heart of wisdom. Has it come yet?
Was Moses saying its wise to admit that we won’t live forever so its good to live life fully? We only get so many days. We get whatever we get, but the point is, what are we doing with the time?
168 is the number of hours in a week, we all get the same amount, how do you use them?
936 is the number of weeks in 18 years. From the moment your children are born to the day they walk across the stage is 936 weeks. Count the days moms and dads.
40 Sundays is the national average for family’s having their children in bible school, forty Sundays a year.
45 minutes is the average amount of time a child will spend in bible school each of the forty Sundays they attend. Doesn’t feel like thats gong to be enough does it?
Moses was right. We need to count our days for they are not unlimited. What we do with our time matters. What we do today matters. How much we invest in the spiritual training of our children matters. Don’t miss it.
“Teach us Lord to count our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”