“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)
In this profound Psalm Moses gives us a wise perspective with which to begin a new year. He writes of the brevity of our life span. He states that God gives us seventy or eighty years of life. Then he suggests a solemn prayer that God might teach us to number our days and gain a heart filled with wisdom.
A missionary was speaking to a primitive group of people. Because some of the listeners had traveled for days or more than a week to hear him speak, when he concluded a message they would ask him to continue speaking. After many hours had passed they asked him through the interpreter if he was wearing his god on his wrist because each time they asked him to continue he looked at his watch as if seeking permission. We should not value time to the point that it is our god, but the thesis of Moses in this Psalm is that we should value time because we do not have very much of it.
With great fairness God gives everyone the common currency of 24 hours a day, 168 hours a week and 8,760 hours a year. Since life is a short trip we should value that common currency and ask Him for the wisdom to know how to spend that time by the year, the month, the week, the day, the hour and the minute.
We wear timepieces because we value life. Let’s ask God to give us the wisdom to know how He wants us to spend the time He gives us in 2012.