We find an important scripture in Psalm 90:12.
“So, teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
I was thinking about this verse again today, I believe it is a key for us in the year we have entered into.
Not only do I find this scripture important, but I also feel the words leading up to it give us great insight into the depths of this verse. It talks about how quickly life goes, and how it ends with a sigh. It talks about sorrow and labor, which doesn’t seem wonderful – but then it says…SO…teach us to number our days that we may gain wisdom.
To me it is therefore saying, “Teach me a different way so my life is not filled with sorrow and labor but with wisdom from God.”
The word number in this verse does not speak only to counting days, it has a much deeper meaning.
It also means to appoint, to prepare, to set in order and to declare.
In Daniel 1:5 when the Word of God says the king appointed a daily provision for Daniel, that word appointed is the same word as the word number. It is the word manah. The king was saying, “I have manah-ed a daily provision.”
In Jonah 1:17, the Bible says, “Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah.”
That word prepared is also manah. God had prepared/ spoken to a fish before it happened.
That’s how our God prepares things or appoints things, He uses words/ manah. He speaks them into existence, just as He did in the book of Genesis.
The scripture in Psalms is telling us to do the same thing. It is saying it would be wisdom to manah our days, to appoint our days – the DECLARE our days ahead of time.
Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Romans 4:17 says, “The God who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not yet exist.”
If we want to walk like Jesus walked, then we must also do things the way God does them. Jesus only did what He saw the Father do. We must call things that be not as though they already are.
It’s time to number our days. It’s time to appoint our days. It’s time to declare God’s plan and purpose over our days before they happen.
It doesn’t take long, just a few minutes each morning. How do we do it? By declaring God’s plan and purpose over our life and the life of our family or loved ones.
Our words carry great power. The Word of God says LIFE and DEATH are found in one place, in the power of our words. When we get this one thing, we will begin to see things change in our life. Our life follows our words. Our words produce life and death, blessing and cursing. We will live what we speak.
There is no better day for things to begin to change in our life than today. We can speak that change into our life. How? By beginning to appoint and declare God’s Word over our days. Every single day. As we speak His Word over our life each day, it begins to build something…a good future, not only for us, but for our children and grandchildren.
Friends, be careful what comes out of your mouth. You will eat of it. Make sure each morning to appoint, to manah your days, by speaking the Word and will of God over yourself and your family. As you do you will see the hand of God, the goodness of God, do amazing things in your life.
Meditate on this:
Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding. Proverbs 3:13