Time, how much have we got?

Psalm 89(90):3-6,12-14,17

In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
You turn men back to dust
and say: ‘Go back, sons of men.’

To your eyes a thousand years
are like yesterday, come and gone,
no more than a watch in the night.
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
You sweep men away like a dream,
like the grass which springs up in the morning.
In the morning it springs up and flowers:
by evening it withers and fades.
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever?
Show pity to your servants.
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
In the morning, fill us with your love;
we shall exult and rejoice all our days.
Let the favour of the Lord be upon us:
give success to the work of our hands.
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Scripture: The words that spoke to me today are
Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.

Observation: Time, how much have we got?

I know some people that have a count down of days until they retire on their computer screens to remind them when they will be free of work life. Imagine if we had a count down of the number of days that we had to live and what difference that would make to the way in which we approach life. The psalms almost say that our lives are useless, momentary and that men come and go without notice. On the other hand it says something of the importance of wisdom and our hearts in amongst the futility. So there is something that lasts beyond our physical lives and its so very important to develop it while we are in our bodies. It almost like this life is prep time, an important time that is the real purpose of being in a physical body, to prepare ourselves for not being in it. Time, how much have we got and what will I do with it?

Application:

Great perspective today for me. It puts all the things that I have on my plate today, the things that I thought were so important put in to their rightful place. They wont change the world, they wont change my heart, they wont give me more time and any results that I may achieve are pretty insignificant. I don’t want to have the things of this life take away my joy or my being present with Jesus as he prepares my heart to be with him for eternity. Grab the blessings of the now, the blessings of this body and of the short time I have in this world with the people that I love. Don’t let the material elements of this world detract from what is important, growing the wisdom of my heart. Today I put things in to their rightful place of importance, mindfully and intentionally in order of priority.

Prayer:

Lord,
Help me to place things in the right order today putting you first.
I want to take away earthly desires for achievement and glory and replace them with a quiet contentment of your spirit.
May I strive for wisdom of heart and nothing else.
May I do justice to the gift of this physical life that you have generously given me.
Thank you Jesus
Amen