So here, the hand of truth is raised for smiting, for condemnation. "Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." Delivered at Anderson Funeral Home, Hoopeston, IL + + + We gather here on this day to say, "Good bye." So as to use them to the best advantage. I. So teach us to number our days, that we may present a heart of wisdom. He wrote a song when Israel had passed through the Red Sea, on the day he left Israel to die, and this psalm. Therefore begin early. The old world found it so; for they were "eating and drinking," etc. -------------------- What is it? The most important lesson, taught us by the shortness and uncertainty of our present life, considered in itself, is, that we may reasonably expect, and should therefore continually look forward to another.II. Psalm 90 is one of the most well-known psalms of the Psalter. What is "wisdom"? The Old Testament And what we mean by this principle is that time is limited. Knowledge symbolizes the accumulation of facts, the gathering and retention of information, the reception on the part of our memories of whatever has been discovered. Working Preacher This commentary on Psalm 90:12-17 presents two interpretive approaches of the psalm. It would serve to moderate our affections in relation to this earth.3. And what is Job's definition of wisdom (Job 28:28; 1 Corinthians 3:19). Many a one consumed, like Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, by the wrath of God. What would the world know of right and wrong but for God? Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses capturing the lament of God’s people as they wandered through the wilderness. You should not look upon men and women as if they were grown, as trees which stand in their maturity plain to your sight. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. Read verse in New International Version IV. H. Murray.The man who numbers his days rightly, numbers them not as if they ended anything, but as if they began something. This duty involves —(1) A comparison of the number of our days with the duration of eternity. General Epistles Such judgment would serve to impress us with the connection between this life and the future. John Piper Dec 31, 2012 7.4K Shares Article. It suggests —1. Secker. Poetical Books I. 13 ff. GOD'S QUALIFICATIONS TO INSTRUCT US. Perhaps they are ours only truly when lost. II. "Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Secker.I. Now there are only three times that Moses wrote poetry. Then it is said that this over-anxious condition of the mind is a result of impaired health. 16). Psalm 65:4. Yet from this view of death, men deliberately turn away! J. Hardy, M.A.If ever we ought to practise what has been called the Divine arithmetic of life, it is at the close of one year and the beginning of another. Toggle navigation. Why this tendency? This duty involves —(1) A comparison of the number of our days with the duration of eternity. III. It is a key part of a meditation on God and on living as the people of God. We chide sternly the boy who wastes his school time, but how many men throw away the opportunities which are given to them in this school of life to prepare them for the real life which awaits us when this is over! )LinksPsalm 90:12 NIVPsalm 90:12 NLTPsalm 90:12 ESVPsalm 90:12 NASBPsalm 90:12 KJVPsalm 90:12 Bible AppsPsalm 90:12 ParallelPsalm 90:12 Biblia ParalelaPsalm 90:12 Chinese BiblePsalm 90:12 French BiblePsalm 90:12 German BiblePsalm 90:12 CommentariesBible Hub, (4)From the delusive suggestions of the tempter. Do you see your connections with eternity, with its law and its love, with its opportunities and: its occasions, with its joys and its glories? “So teach us to number our days that we may apply our heart unto wisdom” (vs. 12). The burden so heavy, you shall carry it but for a day. I would be rid of this bondage of the flesh, but how? And now comes the wisdom of the text, sharpest, strongest of all to rebuke and condemn here. Only so that in its noblest outreachings it is bounded by this world. So as to be ready for the last one when it comes. It is the only poem in the Psalter that is associated with Moses; the Hebrew in the superscription literally reads “a prayer to Moses, man of God,” and likely does not refer to Moses as the author of the poem. Sermon preached at Grace Protestant Reformed Church by Rev. Oh, how quiet, how peaceful is the region to which human life hasteth!2. Do you see your connections with eternity, with its law and its love, with its opportunities and: its occasions, with its joys and its glories? HOW DOES THE RIGHT NUMBERING OF OUR DAYS LEAD TO THE APPLYING OF OUR HEARTS TO WISDOM? It doesn’t matter if we are wealthy or poor, educated or uneducated, a manager or a … THE PSALMIST'S PETITION. An inaptitude on the part of man for the fulfilment of the duty. As the miser counts and recounts his gold because it is his treasure, and fears lest a single piece should be lost, so should the child of eternity number those few and fleeting days which constitute his only season for preparing for eternity. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Teach [us] to number our days so we may obtain a heart of wisdom. His need of assistance in the duty. 2. 2. De Witt Talmage.I was reading of King Alfred, who, in the days long before the modern time-pieces were invented, used to divide the day into three parts, eight hours each, and then had three wax candles. It would serve to stimulate us to render all the circumstances of this life subservient to a higher. OUR INDISPOSITION TO CONTEMPLATE WISELY THE RESULTS OF THAT BREVITY. So here, the hand of truth is raised for smiting, for condemnation. It is not mathematical but moral counting — a numbering that brings glory to God. 2. The glory of human life is to see the glory of God in all the works of His hand. Heath Bleyenberg on January 1, 2015. Let us read His Holy Word with profound attention. (4)From the delusive suggestions of the tempter. The irreligious or unchristian life. -------------------- First, this truth, — your own helplessness; secondly, — God's infinite goodness. Marshall Segal May 17, 2017 6.3K Shares Article. THAT THERE IS A CERTAIN JUDGMENT TO BE FORMED AS TO THE DURATION OF AN EARTHLY LIFE. Conviction of the necessity of applying diligently to know and do our duty. It may be to make money; it may be to get into places of honour; it may be the acquisition of knowledge. 2. There is such a thing as a man taking himself in hand for correction. Clarke's Psalms 90:12 Bible Commentary Psalm 90:12So teach us to number our days - 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. Let our future joys compensate for our past affliction. Blood, inherited disposition, may not be overlooked here. Why, again, should we be dejected with fear of future evils, when a thousand accidents which none of us can guess at beforehand, may prevent their coming; or, if they do come, our head may be laid low enough before that time, and far enough out of the way of feeling them?6. Divine favour (ver. These things will soon have an end, and that for ever. 5. Are you numbering your days with a consciousness of the relative difference between time and eternity? A life through which more time has been devoted to a present world, than to preparation for eternity, corresponds not to the views which the Creator proposed to Himself, when He placed us in this economy of expectation. b. II. Life is fleeting. The kind of influence exerted, and the direction which that influence shall take, will be one of the most solemn items of man's last account to his God. The phrase "number our days" expresses the thought of putting in order, arranging the use of, or prioritizing time because the end of one's life is fast approaching. And what does he say it is? "LET THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD OUR GOD.". Wisdom consists in the adoption of the best means to secure the best ends. I. S. Mitchell, D.D. Conscious of human limitations contrasted with … Rather let me put it in this way: What are the varieties of human life which this wisdom condemns?1. THE END TO WHICH THE PETITION WAS DIRECTED. 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Whatever conclusions men may think they can draw from the former view, yet, when our life on earth is contemplated as a state of preparation for another and an endless one, then neither the wit, nor almost the folly of man, can make any other than virtuous inferences from the shortness of it. Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses capturing the lament of God’s people as they wandered through the wilderness. A sermon based on Psalm 90 Sunday, November 4, 2012 – Last Judgment Sunday Two things are certain in life: Death and taxes. Cultivating the garden of life. The vanity of the life that now is, affords the clearest proof of the life to come. Wisdom is a great word, because the idea it symbolizes is great. Creatures in whose favour God is pleased still to lengthen out the day of grace, the economy of long-suffering, which they have improved to so little purpose, ought no longer to delay, no, not for a moment, to avail themselves of a reprieve so graciously intended. These are the means of wisdom, but they are not the disposition to be wise. For a DISCOVERY OF DIVINITY IN LIFE. We must cultivate those dispositions of mind which will increase all the lawful enjoyments of life. It is greater than knowledge, for knowledge symbolizes only what one has received. Wisdom Literature Not a true thought, pure resolve, or loving act, has ever gone forth in vain. S. Mitchell, D.D.What is the wisdom which comes from the numbering of our days? )Time wisely computedC. Teach Us to Number Our Days: Psalm 90:12 (Adapted from a sermon given on Psalm 90:12 at Cross of Christ Fellowship on 1/1/17 in Naperville) Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to Number Our Days” Intro: In 120 years it is almost certain that everyone of us will be dead and buried in the ground (UNLESS THE LORD RETURNS). "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom." Encouragement to persist in it to the end against temptation.3. 2. The days of adversity, and compare them with the days of prosperity. No man ever went through a night-watch in the bivouac, when the distant hum of men and the random shot fired, told of possible death on the morrow; or watched in a sick room, when time was measured by the sufferer's, breathing or the intolerable ticking of the clock, without a firmer grasp on the realities of Life and Time. Some of those new things I think I must have really aren't that important. H. Murray.The man who numbers his days rightly, numbers them not as if they ended anything, but as if they began something. We need no better definition than that which describes it to consist in "pursuing the best end by the best means"; and seeing that happiness is "our being's end and aim," and that holiness is the only revealed means of securing it, the definition in question obviously identifies wisdom with godliness. Have we been as happy as we might have been; have we done any acts of purely unselfish kindness; has any one been much the better for our existence during the past year; have we offered up one uninterrupted prayer? so that the gun is often called by soldiers the "Oh my!" Then all will be well. To our social usefulness. THAT THE FORMATION OF A CORRECT JUDGMENT IS ESSENTIAL TO PRACTICAL WISDOM. So as to make up for lost days. The tale may soon be told. Instruct us to set store by time, mourning for that time past wherein we have wrought the will of the flesh, using diligently the time present, which is the accepted hour and the day of salvation, and reckoning the time which lieth in the future to be too uncertain to allow us safely to delay any gracious work or prayer. Psalm 90 is a sober reminder of our frailty and transience compared to the everlasting, almighty God who created all things, sustains all things, and who punishes sin, and extends mercy. III. 5 years ago. )The just estimate of the shortness of human lifeT. Just so sure as this is the case, so surely does the wisdom prayed for in the text condemn, "Thou fool, thou hast not numbered thy days."4. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. First, this truth, — your own helplessness; secondly, — God's infinite goodness. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Verification Code. Such judgment would serve to impress us with the connection between this life and the future.2. )The divine arithmetic of lifeE. Then it is said that this over-anxious condition of the mind is a result of impaired health. ... Psalm 90:12 Treasury of Scripture Knowing; Psalm 90:12 Prayers; Psalm 90:12 Images; Psalm 90:12 Devotionals; Choose Chapter Subscribe to the Verse of the day. But —, (1)From the secularity of one controlling purpose. Why should we be elated with hope of future good, when both our own lives, and those on whom our expectations may depend, are subject to such innumerable chances; and the higher we raise ourselves in imagination, the more afflicting will be our fall? (1) The permanence of our past seasons. But the machinery of instruction; the apparatus of revelation; the combination of events, are inadequate to make us wise. But then there is always in Scripture another side of the picture; and this is the higher, and in the sense of Scripture the truer, side. 3. The shortness and precariousness of our present state of being should teach us to avoid long pursuits of worldly profits or pre-eminences; which probably either we shall not have time to attain, or must soon quit.5. H. Time is bearing us and all away.(Homilist. The amount of the whole, that we may discover how long the duration is of a life consisting of days of nothingness and of reality; of days of prosperity and of adversity; of days of pleasure and of languor; of days devoted to the world, and to the salvation of the soul. November 2017 im Pynnikki–Gemeindehaus in Tampere. God communicates this necessary instruction by His Word, and Providence, and Spirit — reminding by many a solemn text, by many an awakening dispensation, and by many an inward admonition, that "The time is short."II. "That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."1. Would a prisoner in the condemned cell be greatly elated if, the day before his death, he was left a fortune? 2. And now comes the wisdom of the text, sharpest, strongest of all to rebuke and condemn here. Let us read His Holy Word with profound attention. So that the man does not love, or think upon, or care for, anything which he cannot handle, or see, or analyze. 9-1-1 occurred more than a decade ago. You cannot begin all this too soon. Pauline Epistles Let us by every method inform ourselves in respect to those great duties and obligations which deliver us from frivolity and sin.(W. (2) The permanence of lost affections. 1. II. The Whole Bible God communicates this necessary instruction by His Word, and Providence, and Spirit — reminding by many a solemn text, by many an awakening dispensation, and by many an inward admonition, that "The time is short. Prophets 3. His need of assistance in the duty. "All men think all men mortal but themselves.". It would serve to reconcile us to the arrangements of Providence. So life — large and roomy-looking in youth — gets narrower year by year, till at last we are pressed in the arms of death. Prediger: Hans–Christian Beutel November 12, 2017 in Predigten. A deeper feeling pervades this psalm than that of mere transitoriness: it is that of the impotency of human effort. Such are the laws of our intellectual and social being, arid such are the relations and connections of one mind with another, that an influence of some kind we must and shall inevitably exert. So the lost are not really lost. General Epistles Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. But what is wisdom? Thus situated, thus exposed, thus beguiled, how palpable becomes the truth, THAT A WISE USE OF OUR CONVICTION OF MORTALITY IS THE GIFT OF GOD. Have you this wisdom touching the government of your lives? The burden so heavy, you shall carry it but for a day. He may smite his propensity with the hand of truth. THE BREVITY OF HUMAN LIFE. Knowledge symbolizes the accumulation of facts, the gathering and retention of information, the reception on the part of our memories of whatever has been discovered. 4. II. F. Childe, M.A. He is called, indeed, to that for which his understanding is qualified, but to which his heart is not inclined.3. A duty to be discharged: "number our days." De Witt Talmage.I was reading of King Alfred, who, in the days long before the modern time-pieces were invented, used to divide the day into three parts, eight hours each, and then had three wax candles. The conversion of the heart is from God. IV. 1. 12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. And for many of us it will be much shorter than that. 4. Call us at 888-634-2038. "Ye shall not surely die."III. Remember that the Lord is eternal. No man could look on a stream when alone by himself, and all noisy companionship overpowering good thoughts was away, without the thought that just so his own particular current of life will fall at last into the "unfathomable gulf where all is still." God has allotted us certain days upon the earth. General Epistles A duty to be discharged: "number our days." Get your church set-up with online giving, sermon streaming, and more in under 24 hours. It breeds melancholy and fearful thoughts. 12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. 4. F. Childe, M.A. Only so that in its noblest outreachings it is bounded by this world. Days, weeks, and years are but the landmarks. The anxious life. Still God has spared you, and all His gifts continue with you. We must go in for numeration under Divine guidance. Next to 23 rd Psalm, Psalm 90 has probably been read at more gravesides than any other. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. They can thus truly extend themselves, in an important sense, "beyond their measure," — can stretch out the arm of mercy and pour light on the darkness and miseries of the whole earth. The tale may soon be told. V. The nature of the numbering advocated by the psalmist. "That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.". The New Testament We stand upon the shore of that illimitable sea which never restores what has once fallen into it; we hear only the boom of the waves that throb over all — for ever. Whatever conclusions men may think they can draw from the former view, yet, when our life on earth is contemplated as a state of preparation for another and an endless one, then neither the wit, nor almost the folly of man, can make any other than virtuous inferences from the shortness of it.1. )Time wisely computedC. And no matter who wins the elections, you can be sure that people will still die. The irreligious or unchristian life. The flesh when it rules is such a tyrant. We are pilgrims, voyagers, scholars.4. We need to be conscious of our limited time and plan the eternal into our lives. Support under the afflictions to which we are exposed in the meanwhile.(T. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. SermonAudio.com - Psalm 90 Sermons. You should look upon them as seeds which are planted, which are hidden as yet, but which are destined to have appearance of full growth by and by. We are pilgrims, voyagers, scholars.4. You should not look upon men and women as if they were grown, as trees which stand in their maturity plain to your sight. De Witt Talmage.I was reading of King Alfred, who, in the days long before the modern time-pieces were invented, used to divide the day into three parts, eight hours each, and then had three wax candles. You should look upon them as seeds which are planted, which are hidden as yet, but which are destined to have appearance of full growth by and by. 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But admitting all this, still education, reason, truth, must not be left out here. The formation of a correct judgment is essential to practical wisdom (ver. What would the world know of right and wrong but for God? Verse 12. Moses wanted us to remember that our remaining number of days grows smaller each day. And here also is a truth. Contributed by Lane Hastie on Jul 29, 2020. based on 1 rating. Murray. Out in nature our hearts instinctively turn towards God. The cycles of God's providences are so large that our narrow lives scarcely measure a visible portion of them. It is greater than knowledge, for knowledge symbolizes only what one has received. It would serve to reconcile us to the arrangements of Providence. -------------------- “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90: 12) This verse is often treated as if it were a proverb that means, “Life is short, so live wisely.” But in the context of the whole psalm, it means much more than that, as we will see. Psalm 90 Psalm 90:12 "Numbering Our Days" IntroductionTopic: Time Subtopic: Right Use of Index: 3626 Date: Title: Time is important. The Gospels Prophets The selfish life. You often hear it … GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point As the miser counts and recounts his gold because it is his treasure, and fears lest a single piece should be lost, so should the child of eternity number those few and fleeting days which constitute his only season for preparing for eternity. 3. A fifth use of numbering our days is, to check and compose all strong emotions of mind about worldly concerns; for in so transitory a state there can be nothing to deserve them. )Time wisely computedC. And seeing this you will apply your hearts unto wisdom. Have we been as happy as we might have been; have we done any acts of purely unselfish kindness; has any one been much the better for our existence during the past year; have we offered up one uninterrupted prayer? Secker.I. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point We need no better definition than that which describes it to consist in "pursuing the best end by the best means"; and seeing that happiness is "our being's end and aim," and that holiness is the only revealed means of securing it, the definition in question obviously identifies wisdom with godliness. Passwords should have at least 6 characters. In Context Parallel Compare. 3. The anxious life. We must peculiarly cherish those graces which mitigate the sorrows and heighten the joys of the present life. We are pilgrims, voyagers, scholars.4. Have we been as happy as we might have been; have we done any acts of purely unselfish kindness; has any one been much the better for our existence during the past year; have we offered up one uninterrupted prayer? "Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. An inaptitude on the part of man for the fulfilment of the duty. Let us study Nature with reverent and inquisitive eyes. For a thousand years in your sight. Psalms 90:12. We are pilgrims, voyagers, scholars. So here, the hand of truth is raised for smiting, for condemnation. THE PSALMIST'S PETITION. )LinksPsalm 90:12 NIVPsalm 90:12 NLTPsalm 90:12 ESVPsalm 90:12 NASBPsalm 90:12 KJVPsalm 90:12 Bible AppsPsalm 90:12 ParallelPsalm 90:12 Biblia ParalelaPsalm 90:12 Chinese BiblePsalm 90:12 French BiblePsalm 90:12 German BiblePsalm 90:12 CommentariesBible Hub, III. Psalm 90 is sort of a ‘pre-evangelistic’ psalm, laying the foundation for our need for redemption. A fifth use of numbering our days is, to check and compose all strong emotions of mind about worldly concerns; for in so transitory a state there can be nothing to deserve them. Name. -------------------- 3. O that some of us, instead of calculating our days by any earthly time-piece, may calculate them by the numbers of opportunities and mercies which are burning down and burning out, never to be relighted.(T. Every man must come to his last day. How much more ought we to feel the passing of a year !We have known fond mothers who got their children photographed annually to compare the pictures and see the progress that had been made. Only so that the life of man is circumscribed by sense. Pentateuch Secker. Rather let me put it in this way: What are the varieties of human life which this wisdom condemns?1. Unpreparedness for an event which may be precipitated at any moment, — is not this folly?(S. Let us, therefore, more and more accept God as our Teacher. 2. He may smite his propensity with the hand of truth. And here also is a truth. "Teach us to number our days," etc.. 1. True satisfaction (ver. And so, too, of this world's sorrows. 2. As the miser counts and recounts his gold because it is his treasure, and fears lest a single piece should be lost, so should the child of eternity number those few and fleeting days which constitute his only season for preparing for eternity. Were our spiritual photographs compared with those of last year, would we be found to have grown in grace? Poetical Books II. The means of instruction are indeed abundant. Very striking this. Let the walls of our chambers speak; let our churches, houses, offices speak. It matters not. God communicates this necessary instruction by His Word, and Providence, and Spirit — reminding by many a solemn text, by many an awakening dispensation, and by many an inward admonition, that "The time is short."II. "Ye shall not surely die."III. A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. Man is dangerously apt to forget this numbering. Are we more trusting in God and more useful to man?(E. Gold-dust and diamonds shall be weighed by grains, not by tons. As Sir Thomas Smith said some months before his death, "It is a great pity men know not to what end they are born into the world until they are ready to go out of it.". The author of this psalm is Moses, as we noticed from the title - 'A Prayer of Moses the man of God'. The Old Testament Not all the learning of the Egyptians with which he was conversant, for he renounced it all, esteeming the reproach of Christ better than all the riches of Egypt. Blood, inherited disposition, may not be overlooked here. The train behind time makes up for it by putting on extra speed. This is the burden of this psalm. Sunday Devotional: Psalm 90:12. J. Hardy, M.A.If ever we ought to practise what has been called the Divine arithmetic of life, it is at the close of one year and the beginning of another. Wisdom Literature Many a Hebrew warrior stricken in battle, and over him a sand-heap. John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible A sinner who has not conformed to the views which God proposed to Himself in placing him under an economy of discipline and probation, ought to pour out his soul in thanksgiving, that God is graciously pleased still to lengthen it out. J. Hardy, M.A. H. First, this truth, — your own helplessness; secondly, — God's infinite goodness. His need of assistance in the duty. -------------------- This covers the whole range from mere indifference to hate; from hands which are folded in the presence of human want, to hands which are raised to beat down the weak and the struggling. It would serve to stimulate us to render all the circumstances of this life subservient to a higher. That seems like a long time until we consider that the last veteran of World War One (1914-1918) died last year. Duty is done with all energy, then only, when we feel, "The night cometh, when no man can work," in all its force. a. All acknowledge the importance. F. Childe, M.A.I. 3. Time is bearing us and all away.(Homilist. A matter of temperament, you say. The Israelites found it so, and their stiff-neckedness is written in an enduring record for your learning. 3. Not from the want of circumstances to suggest it. Submit. The prayer does not mean that we should know the hour, scene, or circumstance of our end; but that we should have a practical impression that life is temporary and preparative. That seems like a long time until we consider that the last veteran of World War One (1914-1918) died last year. These two interpretive approaches are not mutually exclusive; and in fact, they can even be seen as complementary. Are you living as those should live who can never stop living, who cannot even remain what they are, but must become better or worse? If you will only carry yourself in thought over beyond the time of what you call death; if you will only stretch your lives out endlessly, and conceive of yourselves continuing as living beings with all your present powers amplified and quickened to greater intensity of expression for ever and ever; if you will only think of yourselves as having close and emphatic connections with that which is beyond as well as that which is here — if you will only think of yourselves in this way, I say, until the next world has become as actual and impressive to your consciousness as the present world is, you will then put true measurement upon and give the true significance to time. TIME IS OUR ONLY OPPORTUNITY FOR ACQUIRING WISDOM. So here, the hand of truth is raised for smiting, for condemnation. Psalm 90 has often been categorized as a wisdom psalm, which, like the book of Ecclesiastes (see 3:19-20; 7:2), is very much in touch with human finitude and the brevity of human life (see also Psalms 39:4-6; 49:10-12, 16-20). "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom." Pentateuch A fifth use of numbering our days is, to check and compose all strong emotions of mind about worldly concerns; for in so transitory a state there can be nothing to deserve them. the rich fool). So here, the hand of truth is raised for smiting, for condemnation. You should not look upon men and women as if they were grown, as trees which stand in their maturity plain to your sight. Encouragement to persist in it to the end against temptation. sermons; strangely warmed; Devotional – Psalm 90.12 . Prophets Secker.I. H. Moses, who led the Israelites out of Egypt. THE WORD "HEART" INCLUDES ALL THE FACULTIES. H. Murray.The man who numbers his days rightly, numbers them not as if they ended anything, but as if they began something. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. WITH RESPECT TO THE ETERNAL LIFE WHICH IS TO FOLLOW. In short, as Moses interceded for the people in the face of God’s anger over their creation of the golden calf (Exodus 32:1-6), so Psalm 90 portrays Moses as intercessor in the face of God’s anger expressed in verses 7-11. Let us read His Holy Word with profound attention. Let the walls of our chambers speak; let our churches, houses, offices speak. You will then see what it should lead to and what you cannot afford to have it lead to. Since we have but a small time to stay here, it is our wisdom to make it as easy and agreeable to ourselves, and all with whom we have any intercourse, as we are able; and to imitate persons of prudence, who occasionally go journeys together; bearing with each others' temper and behaviour; giving mutual comfort and assistance under the misfortunes and inconveniences of the way; and continually endeavouring to preserve or restore the good humour and cheerfulness of the company.3. "That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."1. Thus it speaks: It will soon be over. We should not number our days in any such fashion as this. 1. As all virtues in general, both by their own proper influence, and the blessing of God, which reason leads us to expect, and Scripture expressly assures us of, conduce to prolong our days, the consideration of their natural brevity may well direct us to a virtuous conduct; particularly to sobriety, temperance, and chastity; to a prudent moderation of anger; and to whatever duties have especially the promise or the prospect of long life annexed to them.2. Casting our eyes back upon the year now past and gone, are there no mercies which claim a note of thankful praise? Were our spiritual photographs compared with those of last year, would we be found to have grown in grace? (3) The preciousness of time. Minor Prophets Consider that only for the brief period of this life is it given unto any one of us to work our life power into the welfare of our fellow-men.3. Live in the consciousness of the eternal. AS REGARDS THE PRESENT WORLD.1. Seek, then, to apply your hearts to the "wisdom which cometh down from above.". 1. It is greater than knowledge, for knowledge symbolizes only what one has received. Posted on November 13, 2017 by taylormertins. Have we been as happy as we might have been; have we done any acts of purely unselfish kindness; has any one been much the better for our existence during the past year; have we offered up one uninterrupted prayer? The Absoluteness Of Jesus Christ. An inaptitude on the part of man for the fulfilment of the duty. No matter who wins the election, it may well be a question of how much in taxes, but you can be sure we'll still pay taxes either way. There is, too, an apparent non-attainment. And seeing this you will apply your hearts unto wisdom. As another event in these times, adapted to form religious character, we may notice in some respects a salutary change in the ministry of the Gospel. Prophets General Epistles Are we more trusting in God and more useful to man?(E. It is well that heaven has not left us in our ignorance. A fifth use of numbering our days is, to check and compose all strong emotions of mind about worldly concerns; for in so transitory a state there can be nothing to deserve them. 1. of Scripture. A matter of temperament, you say. The elements of Christian influence are knowledge and holiness. To the foolish child we say, "School time does not come twice." Time is our opportunity to estimate human life by the purpose to which it should be applied. "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom." A duty to be discharged: "number our days." 3. Here alone is parsimony a virtue. are just like yesterday when it is past, like a watch in the night. There is such a thing as a man taking himself in hand for correction. Not the exact hour, scene, or circumstances of our end. We must form a correct estimate of human life, comparing its average length with its interests. Psalms 90:1-2. By the time the first candle had burned to the socket, eight hours had gone; and when the second candle had burned to the socket, another eight hours had gone; and when all the three were gone out, then the day had passed. Let us by every method inform ourselves in respect to those great duties and obligations which deliver us from frivolity and sin.(W. The average life span of an American is 78.2 years (75.6 for men, 80.8 for women). Doubt. 4. (2) A comparison of the work which we have to do, with the space allotted for its accomplishment. Psalm 90:12 reminds us, “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom”. Unpreparedness for an event which may be precipitated at any moment, — is not this folly?(S. Conviction of the necessity of applying diligently to know and do our duty.2. Psalm 90:12 "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Oh, how quiet, how peaceful is the region to which human life hasteth! ", David Guzik :: Génesis 14 – Abram Rescata a Lot y Conoce a Melquisedec, G1 - alpha - Strong's Greek Lexicon (KJV), David Guzik :: Hechos 9 – La Conversión de Saulo de Tarso, David Guzik :: 1 Corintios 7 – Principios Sobre el Matrimonio y la Soltería, A Summary of Each Bible Book - Study Resources, Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:6, David Guzik :: Génesis 3 – La tentación y caída del hombre, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus and the Holy Trinity (Walter Martin), Ezekiel 36-39 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), Revelation 10-12 (1982-85 Audio) (Chuck Smith), 2 Chronicles 14-18 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith). But we shall never use this life aright until we have surrendered our wills - given our hearts - to God, that by his wonder working grace he may cleanse, and sanctify, and keep, and use them for himself. O that some of us, instead of calculating our days by any earthly time-piece, may calculate them by the numbers of opportunities and mercies which are burning down and burning out, never to be relighted.(T. The battle will soon be fought. So large that we ask, What can we effect? De Witt Talmage. By parents, ministers, friends. What would the world know of right and wrong but for God? 5. Out in nature our hearts instinctively turn towards God. The battle will soon be fought. In garrison towns there is a cannon fired at noon, and when people not accustomed to it hear it for the first time, they generally start and say, "Oh my!" Whereas God has said to man, “Return” (to dust, v. 3), now Moses says to God, “Return” (to forgive and bless, vv. It is well that heaven has not left us in our ignorance. The worldly life. 1. Support under the afflictions to which we are exposed in the meanwhile.(T. -------------------- I. So that the man does not love, or think upon, or care for, anything which he cannot handle, or see, or analyze. What should we know even of ourselves but for Him? While this interpretive approach is helpful, it has often overlooked the facts that Psalm 90 is … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 90:12-17" Luke-Acts No man can look upon a field of corn, in its yellow ripeness, which he has passed weeks before when it was green, or a convolvulus withering as soon as plucked, without experiencing a chastened feeling of the fleetingness of all earthly things. Evaluate Your Day Before It Begins. Never miss a post. Wisdom Literature Minor Prophets -------------------- Bible Toggle Dropdown. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point How long? So that the man does not love, or think upon, or care for, anything which he cannot handle, or see, or analyze. AS REGARDS THE PRESENT WORLD.1. Psalm 90:11 Psalm 90 Psalm 90:13. This duty involves —(1) A comparison of the number of our days with the duration of eternity. The Most Satisfying Single Years. (2) A comparison of the work which we have to do, with the space allotted for its accomplishment.3. F. Childe, M.A. The phrase "number our days" expresses the thought of putting in order, arranging the use of, or prioritizing time because the end of one's life is fast approaching. We must live a day at a time. III. THE END OF GOD'S TEACHING. (3) The permanence of our own selves — "The beauty of the Lord our God be upon us." The days which we have devoted to the world, and compare them with the days which we have devoted to religion. III. One of these is the awakened attention and increased facilities for studying the Bible. God communicates this necessary instruction by His Word, and Providence, and Spirit — reminding by many a solemn text, by many an awakening dispensation, and by many an inward admonition, that "The time is short."II. To think in terms of temporal only - folly. People are startled by the noise, but they might start, too, at the thought of how quickly each day passes. II. 1. I. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed The New Testament No man was more likely to feel this than Moses. In one hour get through the work of two. World War 2 ended sixty-seven years ago. H. Scripture: Psalm 90:14. We thank Heaven for concealing all this. Why, again, should we be dejected with fear of future evils, when a thousand accidents which none of us can guess at beforehand, may prevent their coming; or, if they do come, our head may be laid low enough before that time, and far enough out of the way of feeling them? ... A Sermon", etc., 1658. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. "The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom." Johannine Writings so that the gun is often called by soldiers the "Oh my!" As all virtues in general, both by their own proper influence, and the blessing of God, which reason leads us to expect, and Scripture expressly assures us of, conduce to prolong our days, the consideration of their natural brevity may well direct us to a virtuous conduct; particularly to sobriety, temperance, and chastity; to a prudent moderation of anger; and to whatever duties have especially the promise or the prospect of long life annexed to them.2. (2)From the instinctive repugnance that we have to death. 1. Whatever conclusions men may think they can draw from the former view, yet, when our life on earth is contemplated as a state of preparation for another and an endless one, then neither the wit, nor almost the folly of man, can make any other than virtuous inferences from the shortness of it.1. You often hear it at funeral services. It is well that heaven has not left us in our ignorance. (3)From the moral dread of future retribution. Whatever conclusions men may think they can draw from the former view, yet, when our life on earth is contemplated as a state of preparation for another and an endless one, then neither the wit, nor almost the folly of man, can make any other than virtuous inferences from the shortness of it.1. Have compassion on your servants. Conviction of the necessity of applying diligently to know and do our duty.2. "That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." )The true use of timeW. Also by outward objects — churchyard, storm, epidemic, etc. Part of the answer is, it means The shortness of life should teach us to be speedy and diligent in doing all such things as we ought to do. Why should we be elated with hope of future good, when both our own lives, and those on whom our expectations may depend, are subject to such innumerable chances; and the higher we raise ourselves in imagination, the more afflicting will be our fall? Pauline Epistles Without it the voice of time would be a monotone in which we should sleep, not listen; or, even if we listened, it would make no impression on us. Here alone is parsimony a virtue.2. Are you wiser? Let the walls of our chambers speak; let our churches, houses, offices speak. )Life wisdomS. The anxious life. II. 2. “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90: 12) This verse is often treated as if it were a proverb that means, “Life is short, so live wisely.” But in the context of the whole psalm, it means much more than that, as we will see. Interactive Bible study with John Piper. So that the man does not love, or think upon, or care for, anything which he cannot handle, or see, or analyze. Much knowledge is afloat in the world; and the daily events of life utter solemn accents, were we disposed to listen. Knowledge symbolizes the accumulation of facts, the gathering and retention of information, the reception on the part of our memories of whatever has been discovered.