Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.
This is a psalm that was written by Moses, the man of God. At this time, he has been wandering in the wilderness with the children of Israel. Israel tested God ten times with unbelief and the punishment was that this generation must live in the wilderness for forty years and die before the next generation can enter into the Promised Land.
We come from dust and God gives a command for the day that we return to dust, just like the children of Israel we all have an appointed time to return.
Teach us to number our days, I’ve noticed this, two different times in my life, two different men that were ungodly and wouldn’t even give me the time of day. At different times they each had heart attacks, afterward, they were so glad to see me, they valued me. I noticed that they valued everything in life, they were grateful to be alive, but I also noticed this about both of them, after a couple of months they returned to their old ways.
They didn’t value their remaining days, if we knew our number how would we act? Would we appreciate the people placed in our lives, or would we be bitter about how much time we have left? I think this is why you see elderly people become more loving and kinder because they learn to love.
In his last days of life, as the story goes the Apostle John had to be carried in some one’s arms everywhere, he went, his body beaten and frail.
In the end, he quoted this phrase more often than others, “My little children love one another” When asked why he always said this he replied, “It is the Lord’s command, and if this alone be done it is enough.”
If you love God with all your heart you will learn to number your days and love your neighbor.