GET A HEART OF WISDOM

Psalm 90 is the only Psalm attributed to Moses. Thus, chronologically this also appears to make it the oldest of all the Psalms. It starts off by reminding us that He is “our dwelling place in all generations;” not only that we should rest in Him, but that we are small and our lives are but a breath in sight of eternity. To support this, Moses says:
  • "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God."  v.2.
  • "For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night."  v. 4.
  • "The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away."  v.10.
The Lord then exhorts us to “number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Yes, wisdom begins with, or is built upon, a foundation of fear and awe of Him (Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 111:10). But here in verse twelve we are told that we may get a heart of wisdom by numbering our days. How is this?
When we have a short-term view of things, we tend to get selfish and self-centered. Life becomes about us and what we can get out of it. Why am I suffering? Why is life so hard? It becomes about me. However, when we take an eternal perspective of things, we realize our sufferings and trials are for a moment. Romans 8:18 states, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Likewise, in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:  "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
Thus, recognizing our insignificance in light of eternity, creates a heart of wisdom and joy from having this proper eternal perspective. Consequently, James can exhort us to “count it all joy” as we go through the trials of life (James 1:2). In light of the troubles of today, don’t dwell there. Dwell and rest on Him and that we will spend eternity with Him…that is where we find joy and peace which is the heart of wisdom.

by Michael Burner

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