12 So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
The year has started and we survived the first day. Now there are 364 more to go. What do we want to accomplish in those 364 days? What are the promises that we have made to ourselves that may or may not be kept in 364 days? Is it to get a new job, give up a habit, start a new habit, learn a new hobby, or make a significant purchase?
Knowing that we have 364 days to achieve a promise helps us to work towards that goal. We don’t want to be sitting in our room on New Years Eve 2022 regretting how we used the year. Somehow having that marker can be a motivator.
The Psalmist understood this simple truth. But how is it possible to know how many days we have left on this earth? If we only had 364 days on this earth would our promises look different than they do today? What If there would not be a New Years Day 2023?
This is the simple profound truth. The Psalmist is looking at his infinite God realizing that his days are numbered and only God knows that number. The Psalmist is fínite and he numbers his days with that realization. Each day is significant. Our choices today are significant. Psalm 39:4 says,
“LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.”
It is a blessing to be cognizant of how transient our lives really are. This frees us from being controlled by goals that we may never reach. This empowers us to make decisions that focus not on what we attain but who we become. For this Christ died for us to free us from the shackles of human time.
There are 364 days to go. What are your promises?