Stewardship 15 – time

The aim of this devotional study is to reflect on the stewardship of your time.

Scripture

Psalms 90:1-17 (a prayer of Moses, the man of God)

1  Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3  You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!” 4  For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.  5  You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning: 6  in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.

7  For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed. 8  You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.  9  For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.  10  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. 11  Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?

12  So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. 

13  Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! 14  Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.  15  Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.  16  Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. 17  Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

Observations

Note 1: This song of Moses was most probably written sometime during the wilderness wandering of 40 years, where the Hebrew graves left a trail in the desert until the next generation could enter the Promised Land.

  1. Summarize Moses’ pleas to the Lord in each of the following sections:
    1. Verses 1-2
    2. Verses 3-5
    3. Verses 7-11
    4. Verse 12
    5. Verses 13-17
  2. What does Moses pray in light of the brevity of man’s life and his suffering on earth? (v13-17)
    1. For God’s _______ (v13)
    2. For God’s _______ (v14)
    3. For God’s _______ (v15)
    4. For God’s _______ and _______ (v16)
    5. For God’s _______ and _______ (v17)

Application and Prayer

Life on earth is short and filled with suffering, ending in death.

  1. If – as Moses reckoned – you might live 70 years…
    1. What portion of your years have you spent on earth?
    2. What will you report can you give to God for your time on earth?
    3. What things of eternal value do you still want to do on earth?
  2. Do you procrastinate? Do you waste time in sleeping too much?  Or do you waste relational time in working to much?  Consider how you use the time you have – where can you use it better?
  3. Pray the prayer of Moses, and then commit the rest of your life in service to God:

“12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.   13  Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! 14  Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.  15  Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.  16  Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. 17  Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”

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