From Handbook to Scripture, Day 150
READING: PSALM 90
As “A prayer of Moses, the man of God” this is the oldest of the 150 psalms in the biblical Psalter. This thoughtful and poignant meditation on the brevity of human life was written almost 3,400 years ago, probably near the end of the wilderness wanderings of the children of Israel when Moses was in his final years. In spite of its antiquity, the message of this psalm speaks to our time with particular relevance and force. It begins with a brilliant contrast between the eternality of God and the brevity of human existence on earth, and the pivotal verse asks the Lord to “teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom” (verse 12). This psalm invites us to embrace an eternal perspective in a temporal world.
Prayer: Lord, I know that I cannot keep score by two systems. May I make the decision each day to be defined by the eternal so that I will not be defined by default by the temporal world system.
Meditation passage: verses 1–2, 12, 17
From Simple Prayers, Day 150
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
I praise You, Lord, that You are intimately acquainted with my ways and that You always love me and have my best interests at heart.
Like Noah, may I be a righteous person, blameless among the people of my time, and one who walks with God. (Genesis 6:9)
Like Moses, may I do according to all that the Lord commands me. (Exodus 39:42; 40:16)
Take a moment to offer this day to the Lord and ask Him for the grace to grow in your knowledge and love for Him.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
You revealed Yourself to Moses as “I AM WHO I AM.” (Exodus 3:14)
The Servant of God was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. And like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He has borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows; yet we considered Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away. And who can speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living; He was stricken for the transgression of God’s people. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, yet with a rich man in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer. When He makes His soul a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. He will see the fruit of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge God’s righteous Servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities. Therefore God will give Him a portion among the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:3–12)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
Your sheep hear Your voice, and You know them, and they follow You. You give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of Your hand. The Father, who has given them to You, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of the Father’s hand. (John 10:27–29)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
Those who suffer according to the will of God should commit themselves to their faithful Creator in doing good. (1 Peter 4:19)
Since I have a great cloud of witnesses surrounding me, I want to lay aside every impediment and the sin that so easily entangles, and run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. I will consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners, so that I will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1–3)
Lord, I thank You for the sacrificial ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, Your Suffering Servant. I thank You that You know and protect Your sheep, and I ask that I would run with endurance the race that is set before me and commit myself to You in doing good.
From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 150 (Wisdom)
CONSIDER THE GOOD OF OTHERS
We who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses
of those who are not strong, and not to please ourselves.
Each of us should please his neighbor for his good,
to build him up.
No one should seek his own good,
but the good of others.
(1 Corinthians 10:24)
Father, because You have given me an unchanging foundation for identity, significance, and worth, may I embrace this truth and act upon it by serving others rather than using them. May I bear the weaknesses of others and desire to serve others by seeking their good. Since You have sought my good, I have been liberated to do the same for others. Amen.