Reading: Psalm 90
Key Verse: Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
This prayer of Moses empathises time and our morality compared to the eternal unchanging nature of God. The prayer was written during a time of judgement of God and is most likely the incident recorded in Numbers 21 when in response to the people of Israel grumbling against Moses and against Himself, God sent a plague of venomous snakes. Repenting the people asked Moses to prayer to the LORD that he would take the snakes away. This psalm 90 is most likely that prayer.
At this time of new year, we tend to reflect and take stock of what has happen and where we hope to be going. In doing this we need to not neglect the eternal perspective. When real painful times come, we know that they will not last forever unlike upon the death of an unconverted person, where their loss and pain is eternal. For the Christian this life is as bad as it gets, whereas for the non-Christian this life is as good as it gets. But when times are well with us we need to consciously remember that we are mortal, life at best is fleeting. Our aims and desires should be tempered with the knowledge of our mortality, and that spiritual gain is the only gain which will be of eternal benefit.
Since we have this eternal perspective to life we ought to look outward with love and genuine concern at the world around us, our community which we are a part of and yet not a part of, since as are ruled by two different kings. Concern remembering our time is short, there might not be a next time, another opportunity, and our community outside of Christ is lost and helpless. We should use the time span that God has allotted to our lives wisely for the eternal benefit of others.
The LORD revealed himself to Moses with the words “‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’”(Exodus 34:6-7) Let us show forth God to our friends, neighbours and colleagues this year, praying for a blessing and seeking God’s favour in all we do.
Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 04 January 2015
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