Psalm 90:12—”Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”
Most of us don’t sit and think “oh! I am going to die because life is short”. Either we think about other pleasant things, worrisome things, or some don’t even have time to think with the busyness of everyday life. This thought generally hits us when we encounter news of someone who passed on, especially if they were a loved one. It is then that we give a thought to how fleeting life is. We value the quality of time spent since we are unsure of the quantity that remains.
In this scripture, the prayer of the man of God – Moses, asks God to teach him about the quantity of time through wisdom. Similarly, we must approach God for wisdom on how to spend the remaining days wisely and not squander our time on earth on wordly races. Let’s stay sensitive to how we spend our time, where we spend our time, and with whom we spend our time. We must pray for Divine instruction. We must plead to be taught by the Holy Spirit; and for comfort and joy in the returns of God’s favor. We must fix our gaze on Christ and run His race. We must pray for the mercy of God, and not see anything as a merit of our own. God’s favor will be a full fountain of future joys. It will be more than sufficient to balance former griefs. Let the grace of God in us produce the light of good works. Instead of wasting our precious, fleeting days in chasing after fancies (which leave the possessors for ever poor) let us seek the forgiveness of sins and an inheritance in heaven. Let us pray that the work of the Holy Spirit may appear to convert our hearts and that the beauty of holiness may be seen in our conduct.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.—Proverbs 1:7