Numbering Our Days

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

 Read: Psalm 90:1-12

Time, like money is a gift of God from the “spending” of which we shall someday have to give an account. How are you spending your time? As faithful followers of Jesus, we will count out the few days and years which God has allotted to us and then resolve to spend them wisely as we can.

As we move farther into the new year, let’s remember that it is not merely the tick of the clock or the swing of the pendulum that measures time, but it is the deeds which we crowd into it. It is not merely the changing of the calendars that measures our years, but rather the deeds of service to God and man which we crowd into the fleeting moments as they flit and fly into eternity. A person may be 90 years in hours but no more than months old in the value he/she has been to God and to one’s fellow men.

Should we not look upon our hours as gifts of God to be used in His service, to His honor, and to the welfare of our neighbor? As we look out over the year which lies ahead, should we not budget our hours and especially set aside a generous portion of time to be spent for the things of God: our private devotions, our public worship, our church activities, our personal missionary endeavors and our deeds of charity? These are but a few of the things which God expects us to purchase with the moments He allots us. Add to this the time we should spend with family and friends, building loving relationships, and our time will be spent wisely.

There are many more. If God grants us another year of time, it is inevitable that we will “spend” it; let us resolve today to “spend” it wisely —for Him, for our fellowmen, for our family and friends, and for our eternal welfare. To this end we can pray:

 

Take my life that it may be
Consecrated Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

 

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee. Amen.

How has prayer helped you? How does your personal prayer time and communal prayer time in worship inform and feed you? Look for more stories of prayer in next week’s Monday Meditation.