TIME TO GOD TIME TO US
PSALM 90:1-2, 4 & 12 NKJ
1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
4 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
This Psalm speaks to how time is perceived. To God, time is not nearly as high on His agenda.
As for mankind, we have always existed in the world He created. He has been our dwelling place from the beginning. It's hard to wrap our minds around, but God has existed before the world was ever formed. He is the One who created our sense of time, but He is from eternity past to eternity future. He is God.
To Him, one thousand years is the same way we would view yesterday or like a night shift at work. Later Peter would say one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day to the Lord (2 Peter 3:8). He is above time.
The Lord's view of time is above all we can ask or think, but for us, the Psalmist has different advice.
Our prayer is for God to teach us how to number our days so that we can gain a heart of wisdom.
Numbering our days does not mean counting them. The idea is to commit our days or commit the time we have in our day to use it wisely. We want to gain a heart of wisdom, but in order to do that, we'll have to use our time well.
God is timeless, but our time here on earth is not.
I do not like the feeling of wasting a day. It's those days that I get distracted and lose focus and end the day irritated with myself.
We don't have forever, and as we get older, that truth becomes increasingly clear.
So this is a good prayer. A prayer to use our limited time well so that we may grow in wisdom, our knowledge of God, and be a blessing to people around us.
Teach me, Lord, to commit my time and my focus to gaining wisdom, not killing time.