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Teach Us to Number Our Days

Psalm 90 is a call for us to live our short, fleeting lives wholly for the mission of God.
It is too easy to be distracted by the cares of this world—such that we forget where our priorities should be.

“Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.” (Ps. 90:12 CSB)

Because life is short, we must number our days and stick to our God-given priorities in life.

We have our marching orders— “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…”—yet we quickly lose sight of that mission. Often, Satan tempts us not with direct disobedience but with the mindless tools of distraction and loss of focus. All he needs to do to win is to get us distracted from our mission.

How many Christians have once been passionate about the mission of making disciples but were distracted by the cares of our culture? Our culture encourages us daily to go deep in debt to earn a degree, drive a nice car, wear nice clothes, and live in a nice house. How easy is it for us to grow increasingly distracted by the everyday cares of life, about which our Lord told us not to worry?

“So don't worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” (Matt. 6:31-33 CSB)

Seek the kingdom first! Where is the wisdom in becoming distracted from our mission? Keep our Lord’s command as the priority in your life; don’t allow yourself to lose focus.

Below are some considerations to pray about after reading these passages:

  1. Pray for spiritual wisdom and maturity at a personal level.
  2. Pray for wisdom for my family, friends, and fellow church members.
  3. Pray for us all to have a desire to make wise disciples among the nations.

Editor’s Note: This article is third in a series journeying through the psalms. Read the previous installment here.

About the Author

Andrew Paul Ward is an ABWE missionary to Togo, West Africa, sent from Grace Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Andrew is the husband of Mary, father to Emmanuel, Cyrus, and Alethia. He holds a B.S. from Bob Jones University, an M.Div. from Temple Baptist Seminary, and an Ed.D. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Support Andrew’s ministry.

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