Major Beliefs 7 - Like Sands Through the Hourglass

Like Sands Through the Hourglass

Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, That we may present to you a heart of wisdom.”

Time waits for no one, as the title reminds us our days pass quickly.  When you are young it seems like it takes forever for summer to get here once school starts or from January 1 until Christmas seems like an eternity.  In fact it seems like it takes a year from the first of December  to get to December 25.  But its just an illusion because in reality time passes very very quickly.

The psalmist of course recognizes this as he contemplates the majesty and power of God, and he proclaims that time means nothing to God.  He is not bound by it at all.  “From everlasting to everlasting you are God.”  In other words there has never been a time when God wasn’t and there will never be a time when God ceases to be.  Our minds cannot wrap around that, but it is a wonderful truth.  Wonderful because since He is eternal, and since He is unchanging as the writer of Hebrews says “the same yesterday, today, and forever,” He is the anchor for our soul.  And as a great Christian song says, “the anchor holds in spite of the storm.”  God is eternal, and because of that He is our unchanging refuge at all times and in all situation, when time seems to be moving rapidly or when it seems to just creep along.

The psalmist reminds us not only of the permanent nature of God but he also lets us know that God is omnipotent and omnipresent.  He sees all of our days and He knows even our secret sins.  Because of that He is justly angry with us (90:7), but of course we know that He is a God who offers forgiveness to us.  He is a God of mercy and a God of grace as well.  He doesn’t give us what we deserve, which is His wrath, and He gives us blessings (such as salvation) that we certainly don’t deserve.  That is the God we serve.  All knowing, eternal, omnipresent, and omnipotent.  A God of holiness and wrath against sin.  But also a God who loves us and gives us the chance to partake of His love, His mercy, and His grace.

As the Psalmist contemplates all of this, he utters a very heartfelt cry in verse 12: “so teach us to number our days, that we may present to you a heart of wisdom.”  In other words let me   realize that life is short and because of that let me have a relationship with you and let me concentrate and focus on what is important in life.  But not only that give me a heart of wisdom.  Where does wisdom come from?  It certainly comes from the Lord but more specifically the Bible lets us know “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

So fear Him, reverence Him, respect Him.  See Him in His majesty and His strength and His power.  Be reminded of His wrath but also of His love.  Realize what He has done for you, especially through the cross of Calvary, and because of that “fear Him” and His enjoy His gift of wisdom.  And remember that life is short so treasure those things that really matter.