My wife and I attended a funeral today of a man who was dearly loved and appreciated by his family, church and community. During the service, Psalm 90:12 was read: “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
This Psalm was written by Moses who experienced the presence of God all his life. God watched over him at birth and saved Moses’ life from the murderous Pharaoh of Egypt who wanted all the Hebrew males killed at birth. Through God’s providential care, the king’s daughter adopted this boy and brought him up as royalty. The preparation of Moses’ life went from forty years in a palace to forty years in a wilderness, until God called him to lead Israel out of Egypt, through another wilderness, into the Promised Land for another forty years.
How did Moses acquire wisdom to step into this leadership role? There was no hope of him becoming a Pharaoh. Tending sheep was a very lonely job with not much future. What was the key element in his life that we can learn from that caused Moses to gain a “heart of wisdom”?
The key is right in this Psalm. “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:1–2). Moses knew the secret of God’s presence. It was not a passing experience that came and went. Moses’ place and the place for God’s people was dwelling near to God and getting to know Him. In the presence of God, we learn that every day must be lived for Him and lived with wisdom. Wisdom is not gained from this world or through the degrees it gives. It is only learned as we “abide in the shadow of the Almighty” (91:1).
Are you counting today so you can gain wisdom in God’s presence? Tomorrow is not guaranteed to you! Count your days carefully!
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