So teach us, etc. Teach us to number our days. Moses speaketh of wisdom as if it were physic, which doth no good before it be applied; and the part to apply it to is the heart, where all man's affections are to love it and to cherish it, like a kind of hostess. God sets transgressions before Him when, because the measure is full and forgiveness is inadmissible, He makes them an object of punishment. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 90. www.easyenglish.bible. Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. We can read through the Psalms and discover just about every human emotion under the sun; we can dance with joy and weep with sorrow, we can raise our fists and anger and fall to our knees in gratitude. of
Psalm 90:6 again takes up this thought: in the morning it grows up and shoots afresh, viz., the grass to which men are likened (a figure appropriated by Isaiah 40), in the evening it is cut down and it dries up. But it is to take the measure of our days as compared with the work to be performed, with the provision to be laid up for eternity, with the preparation to be made for death, with the precaution to be taken against judgment. The meaning in both verses of the חלף, which has been for the most part, after the lxx, Vulgate, and Luther, erroneously taken to be praeterire equals interire, is determined in accordance with this idea. Their days had been numbered by God. It is not thus in other things. That - That we may heartily devote ourselves to true wisdom. This psalm was penned by Moses (as appears by the title), the most ancient penman of sacred writ. A Psalm of z the Sons of Korah. 5 years ago. In other things the frequency of the occurrence makes us expect it. Words in boxes are from the Bible. We read in verse 1, “A Prayer of Moses the man of God. 1 of 1. God's wrath is here called אף and חמה; just as the Book of Deuteronomy (in distinction from the other books of the Pentateuch) is fond of combining these two synonyms (Deuteronomy 9:19; Deuteronomy 29:22, Deuteronomy 29:27, cf. The sun does not cross the horizon in every place in every twenty-four hours -- but every man dies. I call it not belief -- no, no, anything rather than belief. Psalm 90:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 90:12, NIV: "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." They will not apply their hearts unto wisdom until they are brought to the numbering of their days. We will bring, or cause to come, a heart of wisdom. They had rebelled, but they had not utterly forsaken the Lord; they owned their obligations to obey his will, and pleaded them as a reason for pity. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Psalm 90:12, 17 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD OUR GOD" Intro: Moses in wilderness at the time of writing. We have not enough time at our disposal to justify us in misspending a single quarter of an hour. Though God smote Israel, yet they were his people, and he had never disowned them, therefore is he entreated to deal favourably with them. Verse 12. That revelation will help us grow wise, and wisdom is important because the choices we make during our brief stay on earth have eternal consequences. "The law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ," when the Lord himself speaks by the law. To seek it constantly -- "apply our hearts", etc. Many put far the evil day. The proverbial oracles of our parsimonious ancestors have informed us that the fatal waste of fortune is by small expenses, by the profusion of sums too little singly to alarm our caution, and which we never suffer ourselves to consider together. Are we so soon to die? How much of them must be occupied with the necessary duties of this life. that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom â. through all generations. So teach us to number our days. Learn more Start my trial Back . Give us the lamb, since thou has sent us the bitter herbs. He who has but the heart to pray need never be without pleas in prayer. Read verse in New International Version Learn more. The poet therefore speaks in the name of the church, and confirms the lot of men from that which his people have experienced even down to the present time. Thy presence alone can reconcile us to this transient existence; turn thou unto us. The only satisfying food for the Lord's people is the favour of God; this Moses earnestly seeks for, and as the manna fell in the morning he beseeches the Lord to send at once his satisfying favour, that all through the little day of life they might be filled therewith. Psalm 90. Psalms 90:12 So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom. Contributed by Lane Hastie on Jul 29, 2020. based on 1 rating. Can it be that in treading every day on the dust of our fathers, and meeting every day with funerals of our brethren, we shall not yet be practically taught to number our days, unless God print the truth on our hearts, through some special operation of his Spirit? Use Your Time Wisely Contributed by Bright Adeyeye on Jun 5, 2020 based on 1 rating | 3,077 views. And indeed our petitions must bear this mark of profitable desires, and we should not ask aught of thee but that by which (if we speed) we may become the better; he that so studies his mortality learns it as he should, and it is only thou, O Lord, that takest him out such a lesson. Verse 12. The translated Bible text has yet to go through Advanced Checking. That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom - Margin, "Cause to come." is there not enough to make us feel our frailty, without an actual, supernatural impression? The chief emphasis therefore lies upon the perishing, and כי is not argumentative but explicative. E. This Psalm has several words (and phrases) denoting time. Jews are people who were born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children. Come in mercy to us again. Psalm 12 – The Words of Man and the Word of God The title of this psalm reads,To the Chief Musician. Neither are we sure of enough life to justify us in procrastinating for a moment. -- Christopher Shute, in "Ars pie moriendi: or, The true Accomptant. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Psalm 90:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 90:12, NIV: "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." Some commentators think this was not the same famous and familiar Moses, but the evidence is much stronger for believing that this was indeed the great leader of Israel. with the preceding, or the point of the petition is lost, and though the ordinary rendering, âTeach us to number our days,â has given birth to a number of sayings which might be quoted in illustration, it is neither in itself very intelligible, nor, except by one instance in later Hebrew, can it be supported as a rendering of the original. Psalm 90:12 reminds us, “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom”. You often hear it at funeral services. He was a long way from home, near the River Euphrates. If the subject of כלינוּ were men in general (Olshausen), then it would be elucidating idem per idem. Too many … The verse must evidently be taken in close connection. Psalm 90:12. The poet describes the succession of the generations. You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. So teach us to number our days. Therefore in Psalm 90:7-8 we stand altogether upon historical ground. The one generation is carried away as by a flood in the night season, and in the morning another grows up. Moses who was learned in all the sciences of the Egyptians (among which arithmetic was one) desireth to learn this point of arithmetic only of thee, O Lord; and why? It translates the Hebrew word "Adonai". Thus Moses prayed that the dispensations of justice might be sanctified in mercy. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. Wisdom. Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Since the whole generation which came out of Egypt had been doomed to die in the wilderness, they would naturally feel despondent, and therefore their great leader seeks for them that blessing which, beyond all others, consoles the heart, namely, the presence and favour of the Lord. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. --Plain Commentary. We call this surprising. Preachers die too and should be aware life is so brief. We are more anxious to count the … (1-6) Submission to Divine chastisements. --William Brown Keer, 1863. While this interpretive approach is helpful, it has often overlooked the facts that Psalm 90 is … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 90:12-17" Psalm 90. 9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. --Henry Melvill. Can we need more to prove to us the uncertainty of life? Men are led by reflections upon the brevity of time to give their earnest attention to eternal things; they become humble as they look into the grave which is so soon to be their bed, their passions cool in the presence of mortality, and they yield themselves up to the dictates of unerring wisdom; but this is only the case when the Lord himself is the teacher; he alone can teach to real and lasting profit. This knowledge comes not from flesh and blood, but from God. "Teach us to number our days ... that we may get ... a heart of wisdom" (Psalms 90:12). A. We have not enough time at our disposal to justify us in misspending a single quarter of an hour. Israel is able out of its own experience to corroborate what all men pass through; it has to pass through the very same experience as a special decree of God's wrath on account of its sins. Our hearts. A short life should be wisely spent. In both the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, the term "heart" is applied alike to the mind that thinks, to the spirit that feels, and the will that acts. Not mental merely, but moral wisdom; not speculative merely, but experimental; not theoretical merely, but practical. Psalm 90:12-17 Commentary by J. Clinton McCann. -- Of all arithmetical rules this is the hardest -- to number our days. "If any man lack wisdom." Then, Lord, do not starve us while we live. This is a petition that we may believe, believe as they do: for they act on their belief in the fact which this experience incontestably attests. A Psalm of David. There is no necessity to regard עלמנוּ as a defective plural; עלמים signifies youth (from a radically distinct word, עלם); secret sins would therefore be called עלמות according to Psalm 19:13. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Psalms 90:12: Leviticus 23:15-16 Ecclesiastes 7:1-4 Ecclesiastes 7:2-4 Matthew 5:4 Psalms 90:11 : Psalms 90:13 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Apply our hearts unto wisdom. You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Answer: Psalm 90 marks the beginning of Book Four of Psalms. Clarke's Psalms 90:12 Bible Commentary Psalm 90:12So teach us to number our days - Let us deeply consider our own frailty, and the shortness and uncertainty of life, that we may live for eternity, acquaint ourselves with thee and be at peace; that we may die in thy favor and live and reign with thee eternally. The benighted man does not pray to be made to feel that the sun will rise in a few hours. Such a cut or plucked ear of corn is called in Deuteronomy 23:25 מלילה, a Deuteronomic hapaxlegomenon which favours our way of taking the ימולל (with a most general subject equals ימולל). Men can number their herds and droves of oxen and of sheep, they can estimate the revenues of their manors and farms, they can with a little pains number and tell their coins, and yet they are persuaded that their days are infinite and innumerable and therefore do never begin to number them. PSALM 90: AN EXPOSITION By Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION .....3 A. 90:1 a 3 You turn humanity back into dust, *. A Maskil 1 of b Heman the Ezrahite. Show content in: Both English Hebrew. Psalm 90:12 The phrase "number our days" expresses the thought of putting in order, arranging the use of, or prioritizing time because the end of one's life is fast approaching. Verse 12. David in the Psalms, and Solomon, his son, in the Proverbs, have predictively manifested Messiah as the hypostatic wisdom, "whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Thirdly, that our days are few, as though we were sent into this world but to see it; and therefore Moses, speaking of our life, speaks of days, not of years, nor of months, nor of weeks; but "Teach us to number our days", shewing that it is an easy thing even for a man to number his days, they be so few. God's dealings are according to scale; small lives are small throughout; and great histories are great both in sorrow and happiness. Try it for 30 days FREE. Divine help may be obtained. Is it because, as Job speaketh, thou hast determined the number of his days? On an eight-stringed harp. The Uniqueness of the Psalm.....3 B. But what is the use, O Moses, that thou wouldst have man make of such a knowledge? Apprehensions of speedy death are not able to distress those who enjoy the present favour of God; though they know that the night cometh they see nothing to fear in it, but continue to live while they live, triumphing in the present favour of God and leaving the future in his loving hands. -- The Sense of Mortality. 11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? Psalm 60 is a *miktam. Psalm 90 is one of the most well-known psalms of the Psalter. Verses 1-6 This psalm is entitled a prayer of Moses. --Henry Smith. Salem Media Group. Numbering Our Days (Psalm 90:12) - June 9th 2013. See a good man, how little he pleaseth himself in any action of his life, in any performance of duty that he does. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. and let it repent thee concerning thy servants. Therefore the way to get wisdom is to apply your hearts unto it, as if it were your calling and living, to which you were bound aprentices. To the choirmaster: according to a Mahalath Leannoth. And how are you to be brought, my brethren? And, nevertheless, in regard to nothing else is the experience so uniform. Go into our churchyards -- all ages speak to all ranks. There is an affection of modesty and humility which still accompanies real piety, and every pious man is an humble, modest man, and never reckons himself a perfect proficient, or to be advanced above a teaching, but is content and covetous to be a continual learner; to know more than he knows and to do better than he does; yea, and thinks it no disparagement to his graces at all to take advice, and to seek instruction where it is to be had. This psalm has no title, and therefore the author remains unknown. By taking a just account of life, that we may bring to it a heart truly wise, or act wisely in view of these facts. 16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. --Thomas Tymme. Verse 12. What afflictions and helplessness may attend them. Instruct us to set store by time, mourning for that time past wherein we have wrought the will of the flesh, using diligently the time present, which is the accepted hour and the day of salvation, and reckoning the time which lieth in the future to be too uncertain to allow us safely to delay any gracious work or prayer. This psalm is titled A Prayer of Moses the man of God. The Glorious Habitation This first verse will derive peculiar interest if you remember the place where Moses was when he thus prayed. 1. in all generations, Ps. Fill the other scale. This means "master", someone with authority. Hebrew is the language that the *Jews spoke when they wrote the psalms. --From Richard Pigot's "Life of Man, symbolised by the Months of the Year", 1866. We are more anxious to count the stars than our days, and yet the latter is by far more practical. the earth and the world brought forth, from eternity to eternity you are God. Psalm 90. בּחלה, Leviticus 26:16. From the midst of the scurry, we occasionally lift our heads and pause long enough to wonder what we are striving for, if there is lasting purpose in what we do, or if we are caught on an endless wheel. Great trial enables us to bear great joy, and may be regarded as the herald of extraordinary grace. the fearing God and keeping his commandments. Question: "What can we learn from the prayer of Moses (Psalm 90)?" Niph. "That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." The prayer is, that God would enable us to act "as if" we had such a view. Moses wanted us to remember that our remaining number of days grows smaller each day. Secondly, that man's time is set, and his bounds appointed, which he cannot pass, no more than the Egyptians could pass the sea; and therefore Moses saith, "Teach us to number our days", as though there were a number of our days. The Last Sermon I'd Preach If I Knew I Would Die Today Psalm 90:12 Psalm 90:12 tells us to … The length of our days is one of the limits we face in life. --Edm. As sin drives God from us, so repentance cries to the Lord to return to us. What would I say if this was my last sermon? That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the … Because it shares some of the themes and phrases of Psalms 27 and 31, some think the author was David. Bible Commentary for Psalms 90:12. Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. We can read through the Psalms and discover just about every human emotion under the sun; we can dance with joy and weep with sorrow, we can raise our fists and anger and fall to our knees in gratitude. Clarke's Commentary on the Bible. They are 3 different words in the Hebrew Bible. THE ETERNALITY OF GOD AND THE TRANSITORINESS OF MAN: PSALM … 10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. The grain does not always germinate -- but every man dies. But did he not do this already? "So teach us", etc. Verse 12. “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90: 12) This verse is often treated as if it were a proverb that means, “Life is short, so live wisely.” But in the context of the whole psalm, it means much more than that, as we will see. The psalm can be divided as such: Verses 1-2 – Acknowledging the eternal One "The law is our school master to bring us to Christ", when the Lord himself speaks by the law. Psalms 90:1-17. b-c. the Psalms of 103 and 104 are attributed to David. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.” It is a prayer written and used by Moses in his approach to the Lord. "O satisfy us early with thy mercy." The needle does not always point due north -- but every man dies. And it here stands for the whole mental and moral nature of man, and implies that the whole soul and spirit, with all their might, are to be applied in the service of wisdom. Psalm 6:4 ואתּ, Psalm 74:6 ועתּ) has the accent upon the ultima before an initial guttural. The prayer is, that God would enable us to form such an estimate of life, that we shall be truly wise; that we may be able to act "as if" we saw the whole of life, or as we should do if we saw its end. Moses sends you to God for teaching. Psalm 90:12So teach us to number our days - Let us deeply consider our own frailty, and the shortness and uncertainty of life, that we may live for eternity, acquaint ourselves with thee and be at peace; that we may die in thy favor and live and reign with thee eternally. The poet substantiates this in Psalm 90:7. from the experience of those amongst whom he comprehended himself in the לנוּ of Psalm 90:1, Hengstenberg takes Psalm 90:7 to be a statement of the cause of the transitoriness set forth: its cause is the wrath of God; but the poet does not begin כי באפך but כי כלינו. Psalm 90:12-17 Commentary by Rolf Jacobson This week’s psalm selection is the closing section of one of the great lyrics of the Bible–Psalm 90. The needle of every compass has so pointed since the secret was discovered, and he has not to ask when he is already so sure. The foregoing psalm is supposed to have been penned as late as the captivity in Babylon; this, it is plain, was penned as early as the deliverance out of Egypt, and yet they are put close together in this collection of divine songs. When the heart seeketh it findeth, as though it were brought unto her, like Abraham's ram. Verse 12. It is the only poem in the Psalter that is associated with Moses; the Hebrew in the superscription literally reads “a prayer to Moses, man of God,” and likely does not refer to Moses as the author of the poem. --William Secker. 12. etc. Thus, too, ויבשׁ is better attached to what precedes: the cut grass becomes parched hay. For a thousand years in your sight. saying, “Return, you children of Adam!” b 4 A thousand years in your eyes The testimony of the inscription is here verified in the contents of the Psalm. Psalms 90:1-17 A Matter of Life and Death. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. Try it for 30 days FREE. A short life should be wisely spent. It is entitled “From Everlasting to Everlasting” and … Arab. Genesis 27:44.). 90:12-17 Those who would learn true wisdom, must pray for Divine instruction, must beg to be taught by the Holy Spirit; and for comfort and joy in the returns of God's favour. Bible students think that there is a story hidden in Psalm 60. Even as you see the wicked, because they apply their hearts to wickedness, how fast they proceed, how easily and how quickly they become perfect swearers, expert drunkards, cunning deceivers, so if ye could apply your hearts as thoroughly to knowledge and goodness, you might become like the apostle which teacheth you. The foregoing psalm is supposed to have been penned as late as the captivity in Babylon; this, it is plain, was penned as early as the deliverance out of Egypt, and yet they are put close together in this collection of divine songs. These are frightening words. "Even to apply his heart unto wisdom." It is most meet that the heart which will so soon cease to beat should while it moves be regulated by wisdom's hand. even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. Verse 12. Proud member
Commentary. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. Suffer not our lives to be both brief and bitter. A *miktam is either something made of gold, or special teaching or something hidden. Life is filled with opportunities, but the big question is what we do with them. are there not lessons enough of that frailty without any new teaching from above? - Thou turnest man … Psalm 90 – The Prayer of Moses in the Wilderness. The eternity of God, the frailty of man. "And let it repent thee concerning thy servants." 2 Before the mountains were born,. Psalm 90 Bible Commentary. Since they must die, and die so soon, the Psalmist pleads for speedy mercy upon himself and his brethren. 2 Let my prayer come before you; e incline your ear to my cry! 'ml, to hope, i.e., to look forth into the distance); but (1) this Pilel of מוּל or Poēl of מלל is not favourable to this intransitive way of taking it; (2) the reflexive in Psalm 58:8 proves that מלל signifies to cut off in the front or above, after which perhaps even Psalm 37:2, Job 14:2; Job 18:16, by comparison with Job 24:24, are to be explained. Proportion thy dispensations. And hence our Lord's promise to his disciples, "The Holy Ghost, He shall teach you all things." Numeration is a child's exercise in arithmetic, but in order to number their days aright the best of men need the Lord's teaching. "So teach Thou us." --Charles Bradbury. From this point the poet certainly does pass on to another figure. But, according to Psalm 90:1, those who speak here are those whose refuge the Eternal One is. The help to be sought in it. His favour would be a full fountain of future joys. Where there are high hills there are also deep valleys. The Story of Psalm 60. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. In the whole of the fourth division of the Psalter (Psalm 90-106) only three Psalms have the traditional author given. The wrath of God thought on makes us think of death ... Let us often think of the wrath of God, and let the thought of it so far work upon us, as to keep us in a constant awe and fear of God; and let this fear drive us to God by prayer, that fearing as we ought, we may pray as we are commanded, and praying, we may prevent the wrath of God. Verse 12. "Return, O Lord, how long?" -- Samuel Johnson. Fourthly, the aptness of man to forget death rather than anything else; and therefore Moses prayeth the Lord to teach him to number his days, as though they were still slipping out of his mind. So teach us to number our days] The philosopher affirms, that man is therefore the wisest of creatures, because he alone can number, Bruta non numerant. Men are the subject of יחלף, as of יהיוּ. a. Psalm 90, Moses. David was at *war. Psalm 90 has often been categorized as a wisdom psalm, which, like the book of Ecclesiastes (see 3:19-20; 7:2), is very much in touch with human finitude and the brevity of human life (see also Psalms 39:4-6; 49:10-12, 16-20). Psalm 90:12 "So teach us to number our days." Psalms 90 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary by Albert Barnes, a dedicated student of the Bible, continues to be very popular even today. Tehillim - Psalms - Chapter 90 « Previous Chapter 89. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. (7-11) Prayer for mercy and grace. They pray for the mercy of God, for they pretend not to plead any merit of their own. Yes, doubtless it was; yea, and he did it carefully and conscientiously too. Both approaches remind us that there is hope when life and future are entrusted to God. Thy children, O Lord, know that it is not for them so to know times and seasons which thou keepest in thine own power, and are a secret sealed up with thee: we should not pry into that counting house, nor curiously inquire into that sum. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 90 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources . I consider this "wisdom" identical with the hypostatic wisdom described by Solomon, Proverbs 8:15-31 , and Proverbs 9:1 Proverbs 9:5 , even Immanuel, the wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption of his people. For I call it not belief, and our text calls it not belief, in the shortness of life and the certainty of death, which allows men to live without thought of eternity, without anxiety as to the soul, or without an effort to secure to themselves salvation. Psalm 90:12(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. Under this aspect it is, that David contemplates man when he says, "Thou hast made our days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee", Psalms 39:5 ; and then proceeds to include in this comprehensive estimate even those whose days have been the longest upon earth: "Verily, every man at his best estate is altogether vanity." Coleman. Chapter 90. Psalm 90 is the oldest psalm, written by Moses by the year 1440 BC. | … Wisdom is like God's daughter, that he gives to the man that loves her, and sueth for her, and means to set her at his heart. "Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil." But in none of these things is there greater room for assurance than we have each one for himself, in regard to its being appointed to him once to die. 88 O L ord, c God of my salvation, I d cry out day and night before you. It is necessary that God should interfere to make men number their days. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. I. Lord, you have been our refuge. A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Instruct us to set store by time, mourning for that time past wherein we have wrought the will of the flesh, using diligently the time present, which is the accepted hour and the day of salvation, and reckoning the time which lieth in the future to be too uncertain to allow us safely to delay any gracious work or prayer. Morning has succeeded to night since the world was made, and why should he ask what he knows too welt to doubt? The most surprising thing in the text is, that it should be in the form of a prayer. It may be an antidote for the sorrowful. 10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Thus Moses acknowledges the Israelites to be God's servants still. They pray for the mercy of God, for they pretend not to plead any merit of their own. So teach us to number our days, etc. 11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? 17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us: yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. אמלל, אמל with Arab. Satisfy us at once, we pray thee. Wesley's Notes for Psalms 90:12. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. And so David says, "Teach me Thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in Thy truth." Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. That means that he was in Babylon. "For a thousand years in thy sight [are but] as yesterday when it is past, and [as] a watch in the … Sir Thomas Smith, secretary to Queen Elizabeth, some months before his death said, That it was a great pity men know not to what end they were born into this world, until they were ready to go out of it. Number we our days by our daily prayers -- number we them by our daily obedience and daily acts of love -- number we them by the memories that they bring of holy men who have entered into their Saviour's peace, and by the hopes which are woven with them of glory and of grace won for us! Men are led by reflections upon the brevity of time to give their earnest attention to eternal things; they become humble as they look into the grave which is so soon to be their bed, their passions cool in the presence of mortality, and they yield themselves up to the dictates of unerring wisdom; but this is only the case when the Lord himself is the teacher; he alone can teach to real and lasting profit. Verse 12. Discussion for Psalms 90:12 . Bible > Bible Commentary; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David; Psalm; Psalm 90; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David << Psalm 89 | Psalm 90 | Psalm 91 >> (Read all of Psalm 90) Exposition - Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings Hints to the Village Preacher - Works Upon This Psalm TITLE. Psalm 90 has often been categorized as a wisdom psalm, which, like the book of Ecclesiastes (see 3:19-20; 7:2), is very much in touch with human finitude and the brevity of human life (see also Psalms 39:4-6; 49:10-12, 16-20). Ver. Next » Chapter 91. The chief pursuit of life should be the attainment of an experimental knowledge of Christ, by whom "kings reign and princes decree justice; whose delights are with the sons of men, and who crieth, Whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord; come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine which I have mingled." Will not a man spare his own servants? Working Preacher This commentary on Psalm 90:12-17 presents two interpretive approaches of the psalm. If we were wise in heart we should see this, but mere head wisdom will not guide us aright. As God provides the sea for leviathan, so does he find a pool for the minnow; in the sea all things are in fit proportion for the mighty monster, while in the little brook all things befit the tiny fish. The breaking forth of the infinitely great opposition of the holy nature of God against sin has swept away the church in the person of its members, even down to the present moment; נבהל as in Psalm 104:29, cf. Psalm 90:12. None can gladden the heart as thou canst, O Lord, therefore as thou hast made us sad be pleased to make us glad. Psalm 90: The Search for Significance Leah Joy Taylor In our modern society, much of life is spent at a frantic pace, an endless striving to keep up with the many demands placed upon it. Would Moses have thee reveal to every man the moment of his end? He was in the wilderness; not in some of the halls of Pharaoh, nor yet in a habitation in the land of Goshen; but in a wilderness. Answer: Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” The request “teach us to number our days” means that we need God to reveal to us the brevity of life. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. This it is over which Moses here laments. The prayer is original, childlike, and full of meaning; it is moreover based upon a great principle in providential goodness, by which, the Lord puts the good over against the evil in due measure. Many attempts have been made … Learn more. God created him therewith, but sin hath divorced the soul and wisdom; so that a sinful man is indeed no better than a fool, so the Scripture calleth him; and well it may call him so, seeing all his carriage is vain, and the upshot of his endeavours but vexation of spirit. Psalm 90:12, KJV: "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Verse 12. "So teach us to number our days." 14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. (l) Which is by considering the shortness of our life, and by meditating the heavenly joys. Thou hast said to us, "Return, ye children of men," and now we humbly cry to thee, "Return, thou preserver of men." Just such an alternation of morning springing froth and evening drying up is the alternation of the generations of men. The notes explain words with a *star by them. In this psalm, there are 3 words for God: *Lord, *LORD and God. Show the variety of blessings dispensed to different classes by the right use of the sense of mortality. Commentary on Psalm 90:12-17 View Bible Text . Numeration is a child's exercise in arithmetic, but In order to number their days aright the best of men need the Lord's teaching. It is the only poem in the Psalter that is associated with Moses; the Hebrew in the superscription literally reads “a prayer to Moses, man of God,” and likely does not refer to Moses as the author of the poem. -- Arthur Lake. Life is filled with opportunities, but the big question is what we do with them. Psalm 90 is unique because it was written by Moses. that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom; to consider our latter end, and what will become of us hereafter; which is a branch of wisdom so to do; to seek the way of salvation by Christ; to seek to Christ, the wisdom of God, for it; to fear the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom; and to walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise; to all which an application of the heart is necessary; for wisdom is to be sought for heartily, and with the whole heart: and to this divine teachings are requisite, as well as to number our days; for unless a man is taught of God, and by his Spirit convinced of sin, righteousness, and judgment, he will never be concerned, in good earnest, about a future state; nor inquire the way of salvation, nor heartily apply to Christ for it: he may number his days, and consider the shortness of them, and apply his heart to folly, and not wisdom; see Isaiah 22:21. Mark what it is which Moses here prays for, only to be taught to number his days. If we use the gift of today wisely, we’ll be able to position ourselves for new opportunities. Instruct us to set store by time, mourning for that time past wherein we have wrought the will of the flesh, using diligently the time present, which is the accepted hour and the day of salvation, and reckoning the time which lieth in the future to be too uncertain to allow us safely to delay any gracious work or prayer. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. made to know -- to be made to feel -- that we are to die, in the face of an experience which is certainly not less than that of the parties to whom we have referred. This is a prayer that God will teach men to live as dying men should live, always taking account of the brevity and uncertainty of life and of the inevitable accounting before God in the Final Day. so. They refuse to leave the earth, when the earth is about to take its leave of them. The older generation that came out of Egypt fell a prey to the sentence of punishment, that they should gradually die off during the forty years' journey through the desert; and even Moses and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb only excepted, were included in this punishment on special grounds, Numbers 14:26., Deuteronomy 1:34-39. After God told the Hebrew people of a certain age that they would not enter the Promised Land, Moses wrote teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom Psalm 90:12 (Numbers 13, 14). When the Lord refreshes us with his presence, our joy is such that no man can take it from us. Where, and in what volume, it was preserved from Moses’s time till the collection of psalms was begun to be made, is uncertain; but, being divinely inspired, it was under a special protection: perhaps it was written in … Clarke's Psalms 90:12 Bible Commentary Psalm 90:12So teach us to number our days - Let us deeply consider our own frailty, and the shortness and uncertainty of life, that we may live for eternity, acquaint ourselves with thee and be at peace; that we may die in thy favor and live and reign with thee eternally. ... Sermon Notes for Psalm 90:12, 17 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources ... Bible Commentaries Text Commentaries Audio & Video Commentaries 1 A prayer of Moses, the man of God. --Henry Smith. Psalm 90:12 Parallel Commentaries. Nor yet is it, in the world's phrase, to calculate the chances of survivorship, which any man may do in the instance of the aggregate, but which no man can do in the case of the individual. "That we may rejoice and be glad all our days." Edidiong Nde on Psalms 90:12. Psalm 90 is the oldest psalm, written by Moses by the year 1440 BC. Learn more. The prayer is like others which came from the meek lawgiver when he boldly pleaded with God for the nation; it is Moses-like. The general signification of this verb, which corresponds to the Arabic chlf, is "to follow or move after, to go into the place of another, and in general, of passing over from one place or state into another." Of the same kind is prodigality of life: he that hopes to look back hereafter with satisfaction upon past years, must learn to know the present value of single minutes, and endeavour to let no particle of time fall useless to the ground. Good men know how to turn the darkest trials into arguments at the throne of grace. Our fault in these times is not too great boldness with God, but too much backwardness in pleading with him. If anyone knew when, and where, and how he was to die, it might be presumed that this would exert an important influence on him in forming his plans, and on his general manner of life. This week’s psalm selection is the closing section of one of the great lyrics of the Bible–Psalm 90. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Lastly, that to remember how short a time we have to live, will make us apply our hearts to that which is good. PSALM 90 * God’s Eternity and Human Frailty. St. Austin says, "We can never do that, except we number every day as our last day." 1 of 1. Make our days as long as our nights. But yet he thought he did it not well enough, and therefore prays here in the text to be taught to do better. Reflect, "there is an end.". All rights reserved. He can never think that he does well enough whatever he does, but still desires to do otherwise, and would fain do better. Since they must die, and therefore the author do with them we use the gift of today,! 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