Lets Finish Well!!! :)

monday blessing Psalm 90 11

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Lets Finish Well!!!!

Psalm 90:11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Psalm 90:13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
Psalm 90:14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
Psalm 90:16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

 

We just ended 2017, and began 2018. People always use this time to begin diets, new beginnings, to become more organized, stop certain habits, be a better Bible reader, more time for prayer. Certainly an appropriate time for us to consider our own lives and make sure that we’re living them in a way that honors God and that brings the blessings that come with living life in a manner that is consistent with His character and His ways. Psalm 90 can help us evaluate our lives and then determine how we ought to live the rest of our lives in light of what God has revealed to us in that Psalm.
Psalm 90 is the oldest Psalm, and it was the only one written by Moses. Although we can’t be totally certain, it seems likely that Moses wrote these words as God’s people wandered in the wilderness and a whole generation of people died because of their rebellion against God.
Outline of Psalm 90
1. God is eternal:
Psalm 90:1 A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

He existed before this earth was created and He will be around long after it is burned up and gone. That truth supports the rest of the Psalm and it also, as we’ll see, should have a overwhelming impact on how we live our lives here on earth. That idea leads directly to the second section of the Psalm…
2. Life on earth is short and hard:
Psalm 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Psalm 90:5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
Psalm 90:6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
Psalm 90:7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
Psalm 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
Psalm 90:9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Psalm 90:11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

Compared to eternity, the 70 or 80 years of life that we have here on this earth are very short and Moses uses several different pictures to illustrate that truth.
But not only is that part of our life short, it is also hard because we experience the consequences of sin.
When we fail to confess and repent of our own personal sin, God gives us over to that sin and we suffer the associated consequences. But even when we don’t sin personally, we are impacted by the wrath of God when sin goes unchecked in our churches and in our culture.
So how are we to live in light of the first two realities – God’s eternalness and our short, hard lives on earth?
We also need to remember we are not here to please ourselves but to glorify our Precious father.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
3. Therefore, we are to number our days:
Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Since this is the main point of the Psalm, we’ll come back to it in just a moment and focus on how we can do that. But the reason that Moses commands us to do that is…
4. So that we can make the most of our remaining days:
Psalm 90:13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
Psalm 90:14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
Psalm 90:16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Think about the last part of this Psalm from Moses’ perspective. He was 80 years old when he led the Hebrews out of Egypt. Although we don’t know exactly when Moses wrote this Psalm, it was likely sometime during the last one third of his life. And much of his first 80 years hadn’t been used very profitably for God and His kingdom.
But Moses wanted to finish well. He wanted to use whatever time he had left wisely, seeing God at work and then joining in what God was doing.
2Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
2Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
2Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

In Psalm 90, Moses points out that the reason that life on earth is short and hard is due to man’s sin. While there is no guarantee that confessing and repenting of our sins will make life here on earth any easier in the short run, Paul makes it clear that those who claim to belong to God must sanctify their lives by departing from iniquity. That is the only way that we can become honorable vessels that God can use for His purposes.
If we want to number our days and gain a heart of wisdom, we must all start here. We need to ask God to reveal the sin in our lives, and then, with His help, we need to do everything we can to remove that sin from our lives. And sometimes that means taking some drastic action in our lives.
With that in mind let me suggest some very practical things that you might need to do in order to sanctify your life.
How about your marriage? Husbands are you loving your wives as Christ loves the church – with a selfless love that focuses on the needs of your wives? And wives, are you submitting to the godly leadership of your husbands? If not, then you need to take whatever steps are necessary to improve that relationship.
Children are you respecting your parents? Young Adults If your not married are you living pure and not in any kind of physical relationship out of marriage?
How about your finances? If you’re not being a good steward by giving off the top to support your church, then you need to start doing that immediately. If you’re incurring debt because you’re spending more than you make, then you need to develop a budget and stick to it. And if you have credit card balances you can’t pay off at the end of each month, you need to cut up those credit cards right now.
On your jobs, are you working with all your heart, as if working for the Lord and not for man? Or are you stealing from your employer? That can take many forms other than actually taking money, office supplies or other material items. Perhaps you are stealing time from your employer by coming in late or taking care of personal business during working hours. If that’s the case, then you need to confess that to your employer and make appropriate restitution.
Finally let’s focus on sexual purity. If you’re involved in any kind of sexual activity outside your marriage – adultery, pornography, pre-marital sex, etc. – that is clearly sin that you need to deal with. If you’re in a relationship where someone other than your spouse is pressuring you to violate the Biblical standards for sexual purity, then you need to get out of that relationship immediately. If you’re involved in pornography in any form, then you need to get rid of the source, whether it’s your cable TV, your internet, or something else. Or if there is some legitimate reason you can’t totally get rid of the source, then you need to find a way to have someone hold you accountable for what TV shows you’re watching or what internet sites you’re visiting.
Things, Toys, Cars, Boats, Houses, Clothes, there comes a point where my possessions actually begin to consume, rather than free up, my time. I can easily get consumed with spending time surfing the web or playing games on that same computer. The bigger house I have and the more stuff I have the more of my time is required to clean and maintain those things. So I really need to do two things. First, I need to look at the possessions I currently own and evaluate how much of my time and effort they require and then determine whether that is an appropriate use of my time and resources. And secondly, every time I get ready to make a purchase, I need to first consider what it is going to cost me in time and resources to use and maintain that item before I decide whether to buy it.
Jesus certainly didn’t waste His time with everyone. Although He spoke to large crowds from time to time, He really didn’t invest much of His life with the crowds. And He didn’t spend a whole lot of time with the religious leaders. Instead, He focused on a small group of men who He could equip to carry on His ministry. And when He sent those same men out to minister, He instructed them to focus their time on those who were receptive to their message.
Jesus did not do alot of small talk, he did not waste time doing things that did not need to be done. He did not get into debates that meant nothing.
I think the Bible shows that there are two groups of people in whom we should invest our time. First, there those who are helping me to grow in my relationship with Jesus. That hopefully includes my family as well as those who are part of this body.
Second, there are those who we can witness to. Even those who are lost, Jesus tells us if they don’t want to hear shake the dust off are feet and move on. When we find new babes in Christ of course we need to help them, take them under our wings and teach them.
We must make the choice to join God in the work He is already doing. We must make a conscious effort to direct where we are going to spend our time, talent and resources and make sure that they are directed toward those things that count for eternity. Other than working to pay bills, and support our family, our real place is to serve the Lord, our Precious Father. why would we invest in things for this world. Our real home is Heaven, we need to invest in that home.
The Father Loves us, and in order to truly love him lets serve him!!!

TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY
Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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