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That We May Present to Thee

October 16, 2018

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That We May Present to Thee

Most everyone knows  of a person  who died early  in life.      As we look at the obituaries,  there are a number of people  who die quite young.     Time passes so quickly — and what have we accomplished?     We don’t know  how long we have  to live.

What do we plan to do  with the days given  to us?     It would be a shame  to just waste our days  on earth.     And,  it would be grievously horrible  to just jump  on the fast track  to hell — with no thought  about eternity.

Our end is coming.     I need  to ask myself,  “Am I really ready?     Am I on my way  to heaven  or hell?     What am I doing  with my time?     Is my life a waste?”

Moses asked similar questions  when he wrote Psalm 90.    In verse 12,  he wrote,

So teach us  to number our days,    
That we may present  to Thee  a heart of wisdom.

When we die and face God’s judgment seat,  it would be a shame  to have to just lamely admit  that our life was wasted  in faithlessness,  lovelessness,  the hopelessness  of worldly living,  and the rebelliousness  of sin — even though we knew  the word of God  and all about salvation  in Jesus Christ.

Just knowing  about Jesus  is not the same as believing  in His promises  and trusting His ways.     When we’re trusting  and believing,  we have to step forward  each day  with the courage  to live  according to God’s word.

That’s what Moses was so concerned about.     Every day,  he had to lead the Israelites  and continually straighten them out.     It was a thankless job.     They were grumblers,  complainers,  faithless in battles,  disobedient.     There were many times  when Moses wanted  to quit.     But,  he did not want  to have to be ashamed  before the Lord God Almighty  on his judgment day.

Moses wanted  to be wise enough  in this life  to present to God  a “heart  of wisdom”.      Moses wanted the wisdom  of knowing  that no matter how tough things are  on this earth,  God is still God  and He is  in control.     We need wisdom  to really trust the Lord.     Moses wanted the wisdom  of remembering  that God allows us  to go through  all sorts  of heart-rending trials — just to prove,  strengthen,  and purify  our faith.

We need to pray  with Moses  that our compassionate Lord  would  “So teach us  to number our days,  that we may present  to  Thee  [Him]  a heart  of wisdom.”

Only God can help us.     Let us go  to Him  every day  for the  “heart of wisdom”  we need.

Assured  of God’s tender care  and salvation  in Jesus Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  Your word teaches  that  ‘The fear  of the LORD  is the beginning  of wisdom.’     Let me always be wise enough  to respect You  and Your ways.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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