Friday, March 04, 2011

Teach us to number our days, O Lord...

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. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Relent, LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 
 - Psalm 90:10-14 NIV
Teach us to number our days. Every day is so dear, yet if we don't pay attention, they fly away without a thought on our part.

As we approach the Easter season, think about how Jesus must have felt in his last month.  Everywhere around him, he saw sin and violence. Yet, many people were hearing him, and heeding the Word, most perhaps for the first time in their lives. Every day he saw new people with their hearts lifted and their hopes raised. Jubilant crowds followed him everywhere, and people sought the knowledge of God with every question they asked. It was the most wonderful time in the history of man, and it all revolved around this one man, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Yet he knew his days were numbered, and short. Every encounter was important to him, even when little children upset the cultural standards of the time and tried to crowd in to see him. For he knew in them was the future hope, the witness, the enduring legacy that believers inherit.

So we are today. Whether we have seven days, seven years, or seventy-seven years left, each day is precious and can be a monument to God. And if we live in this way, we will be glad in all our days.

1 comment:

  1. Sir Chuck, and anyone else who is checking in,

    That is so true. Our earthly days are like a shadow. Last summer I went to my fiftieth class reunion and there was no one there but old folks. Imagine that!

    I was talking with one of the ladies and we remarked how that in our high school days, no one imagined that we would one day meet and that we would all be old and that a number of our classmates had not even made it this far.

    The lesson is simple: serve God and walk in His ways all of the few days we have on this earth.

    Sir John