Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Psalm 90:12-17 Redeeming Our Remaining Days

KEY TEXT: Ps 90:12, 16-17 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom...Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

KEY THOT: When we know that our days are numbered (not numberless), then we will begin to prioritize our lives accordingly. As the global events begin to unravel in increasing speed and intensity, the prophetic voice of God’s people is that the day of the Lord may be sooner than we think. If the day of the Lord is soon, our earthly days are numbered: what or where will put our hands to work? How would we commit our time, money and energy to so that we might have wisdom (“that we may get a heart of wisdom”) and divine favour (“Let the favor of God be upon us”). 

Apart from the universal Day of the Lord, each us will have our personal “day” of the Lord when we meet him soon after we pass from this earth. For many of us, we can count what remains of our life in days, not years. What really counts in our lives is what we do with our days. If we take care of our days well, the years will take care of themselves. Jesus has already set the priority for His disciples: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be yours as well” (Mt. 6:33).

Am I now busy investing my remaining days laying up eternal treasures in heaven or am I busy investing my remaining days in laying up temporal treasures on earth? If we are born and bred as Singaporeans, we are proud to announce we are “busy”—but what are we busy about? That is the real question, not whether we are busy. No Singaporeans will admit they are not busy, because it’s synonymous with saying that we are lazy. But as the Psalmist exhorts us, let’s be busy asking the Lord to show his work among his servants and his glorious power among their children. Let us be committed to reveal God's divine work and power among us, not just show the world the works of our human hands.

There are only so many days left in my own timeline before either Christ returns or my earthly time runs out. My aim is not to prolong my life but to live my remaining days with wisdom—in God’s favour and for eternal treasures. Anything that I’m busy doing that does not contribute to eternity should be limited or eliminated. 

Father, deliver us from bondage to the treasures of this world, but instead may Your work be shown to Your servants and Your glorious power to their children. Amen.

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