Numeration is a child's exercise in arithmetic, but in order to number their days aright the best of men need the Lord's teaching. Psalm 90 is the oldest psalm, written by Moses by the year 1440 BC. Go into our churchyards -- all ages speak to all ranks. NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Personal Size, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture If our present sorrows do not move us, God will send greater; and when our sorrows are grown too great for us, we shall have little heart or comfort to pray. Nor yet is it, in the world's phrase, to calculate the chances of survivorship, which any man may do in the instance of the aggregate, but which no man can do in the case of the individual. Verse 12. 1 of 1. We will bring, or cause to come, a heart of wisdom. 1 A prayer of Moses, the man of God. --William Secker. Verse 12. So teach us, etc. 1 A prayer of Moses, the man of God.. Thirdly, that our days are few, as though we were sent into this world but to see it; and therefore Moses, speaking of our life, speaks of days, not of years, nor of months, nor of weeks; but "Teach us to number our days", shewing that it is an easy thing even for a man to number his days, they be so few. Niph. Since the whole generation which came out of Egypt had been doomed to die in the wilderness, they would naturally feel despondent, and therefore their great leader seeks for them that blessing which, beyond all others, consoles the heart, namely, the presence and favour of the Lord. Their days had been numbered by God. "Teach us to number our days ... that we may get ... a heart of wisdom" (Psalms 90:12). A Prayer of Moses the man of God. The sun does not cross the horizon in every place in every twenty-four hours -- but every man dies. Numbering Our Days (Psalm 90:12) - June 9th 2013. Learn more. Apprehensions of speedy death are not able to distress those who enjoy the present favour of God; though they know that the night cometh they see nothing to fear in it, but continue to live while they live, triumphing in the present favour of God and leaving the future in his loving hands. Do not leave us to perish. Can we need more to prove to us the uncertainty of life? Of the same kind is prodigality of life: he that hopes to look back hereafter with satisfaction upon past years, must learn to know the present value of single minutes, and endeavour to let no particle of time fall useless to the ground. Psalm 90. By taking a just account of life, that we may bring to it a heart truly wise, or act wisely in view of these facts. We call this surprising. Wisdom is like God's daughter, that he gives to the man that loves her, and sueth for her, and means to set her at his heart. made to know -- to be made to feel -- that we are to die, in the face of an experience which is certainly not less than that of the parties to whom we have referred. Psalm 90:12, KJV: "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Teach us to number our days. He here speaks with the Lord as a man speaketh with his friend. Psalms 90:12 Context. It is entitled “From Everlasting to Everlasting” and is … 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. of מלל). That we may apply our hearts unto wisdom - Margin, "Cause to come." A *miktam is either something made of gold, or special teaching or something hidden. St. Austin says, "We can never do that, except we number every day as our last day." Just such an alternation of morning springing froth and evening drying up is the alternation of the generations of men. "For a thousand years in thy sight [are but] as yesterday when it is past, and [as] a watch in the … Psalm 6:4 ואתּ, Psalm 74:6 ועתּ) has the accent upon the ultima before an initial guttural. Numeration is a child's exercise in arithmetic, but In order to number their days aright the best of men need the Lord's teaching. I call it not belief -- no, no, anything rather than belief. If they might not see the promised land, yet he is begged to cheer them on the road with his mercy, and to turn his frown into a smile. He can never think that he does well enough whatever he does, but still desires to do otherwise, and would fain do better. This is a petition that we may believe, believe as they do: for they act on their belief in the fact which this experience incontestably attests. From this point the poet certainly does pass on to another figure. Moses speaketh of wisdom as if it were physic, which doth no good before it be applied; and the part to apply it to is the heart, where all man's affections are to love it and to cherish it, like a kind of hostess. The psalm can be divided as such: Verses 1-2 – Acknowledging the eternal One Psalm 90:12-17 Commentary by J. Clinton McCann. The notes explain words with a *star by them. 14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Show content in: Both English Hebrew. The foregoing psalm is supposed to have been penned as late as the captivity in Babylon; this, it is plain, was penned as early as the deliverance out of Egypt, and yet they are put close together in this collection of divine songs. His favour would be a full fountain of future joys. Others translate מולל to wither (root מל, properly to be long and lax, to allow to hang down long, cf. Wesley's Notes for Psalms 90:12. The LXX attributes all but Psalm 90 to David. It is necessary that God should interfere to make men number their days. -- The Sense of Mortality. Divine help may be obtained. And we may say of this, that it is amongst the strangest of the strange things that may be affirmed of human nature, that whilst, in regard to inferior concerns, we can carefully avail ourselves of experience, taking care to register its decisions and to deduce from them rules for our guidance -- in the mightiest concern of all we can act as though experience had furnished no evidence, and we were left without matter from which to draw inferences. He was a long way from home, near the River Euphrates. The poet substantiates this in Psalm 90:7. from the experience of those amongst whom he comprehended himself in the לנוּ of Psalm 90:1, Hengstenberg takes Psalm 90:7 to be a statement of the cause of the transitoriness set forth: its cause is the wrath of God; but the poet does not begin כי באפך but כי כלינו. Since they must die, and die so soon, the Psalmist pleads for speedy mercy upon himself and his brethren. To number our days. Too often we think in terms of years and make plans for the far distant future, and yet we are instructed to live one day at a time and not to even worry ourselves about the needs of tomorrow, for each day has sufficient trouble of its own. This means "master", someone with authority. Psalm 90:12(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. Who saith not upon the view of another, surely yonder man looketh by his countenance as if he would not live long, or yonder woman is old, her days cannot be many: thus we can number other men's days and years, and utterly forget our own, therefore this is the true wisdom of mortal men, to number their own days. a 3 You turn humanity back into dust, *. Thus Moses prayed that the dispensations of justice might be sanctified in mercy. Morning has succeeded to night since the world was made, and why should he ask what he knows too welt to doubt? The most surprising thing in the text is, that it should be in the form of a prayer. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 90 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources . For a thousand years in your sight. David in the Psalms, and Solomon, his son, in the Proverbs, have predictively manifested Messiah as the hypostatic wisdom, "whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. עור is light, and מאור is either a body of light, as the sun and moon, or, as in this passage, the circle of light which the light forms. Both approaches remind us that there is hope when life and future are entrusted to God. Clarke's Commentary on the Bible. He was in the wilderness; not in some of the halls of Pharaoh, nor yet in a habitation in the land of Goshen; but in a wilderness. 16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. 3 For my soul is full of troubles, and f my life draws near to g Sheol. Psalm 90:12, ESV: "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." When the Lord refreshes us with his presence, our joy is such that no man can take it from us. Thy children, O Lord, know that it is not for them so to know times and seasons which thou keepest in thine own power, and are a secret sealed up with thee: we should not pry into that counting house, nor curiously inquire into that sum. 5 years ago. The needle of every compass has so pointed since the secret was discovered, and he has not to ask when he is already so sure. It is not then a mathematical numbering of days that Moses would be schooled in, but a moral; he would have God not simply to teach him to number, but to number "so"; and "so" points out a special manner, a manner that may be useful for the children of God. Verse 12. Number we our days by our daily prayers -- number we them by our daily obedience and daily acts of love -- number we them by the memories that they bring of holy men who have entered into their Saviour's peace, and by the hopes which are woven with them of glory and of grace won for us! It should be a restorative to the labouring. --Henry Smith. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. An Italian philosopher expressed in his motto that time was his estate; an estate, indeed, that will produce nothing without cultivation, but will always abundantly repay the labours of industry, and satisfy the most extensive desires, if no part of it be suffered to lie waste by negligence, to be overrun by noxious plants, or laid out for show rather than for use. Moses sends you to God for teaching. Library. Though God smote Israel, yet they were his people, and he had never disowned them, therefore is he entreated to deal favourably with them. "That we may rejoice and be glad all our days." Instruct us to set store by time, mourning for that time past wherein we have wrought the will of the flesh, using diligently the time present, which is the accepted hour and the day of salvation, and reckoning the time which lieth in the future to be too uncertain to allow us safely to delay any gracious work or prayer. Verse 12. But did he not do this already? Thus we have learned how to apply knowledge that it may do us good; not to our ears, like them which hear sermons only, nor to our tongues, like them which make table talk of religion, but to our hearts, that we may say with the virgin, "My heart doth magnify the Lord", Luke 1:46 , and the heart will apply it to the ear and to the tongue, as Christ saith, "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh", Matthew 12:34 . Psalm 90:12 Parallel. --Henry Smith. And indeed our petitions must bear this mark of profitable desires, and we should not ask aught of thee but that by which (if we speed) we may become the better; he that so studies his mortality learns it as he should, and it is only thou, O Lord, that takest him out such a lesson. The mariner does not pray to be taught that the needle of his compass points towards the north. There is no necessity to regard עלמנוּ as a defective plural; עלמים signifies youth (from a radically distinct word, עלם); secret sins would therefore be called עלמות according to Psalm 19:13. It may be an antidote for the sorrowful. The eternity of God, the frailty of man. The Story of Psalm 60. To seek it constantly -- "apply our hearts", etc. Psalm 89 Psalm 91 ... Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. Psalm 90:12, KJV: "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." -- Of all arithmetical rules this is the hardest -- to number our days. Come in mercy to us again. I. Lord, you have been our refuge. "TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS." Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. The meaning in both verses of the חלף, which has been for the most part, after the lxx, Vulgate, and Luther, erroneously taken to be praeterire equals interire, is determined in accordance with this idea. The prayer is original, childlike, and full of meaning; it is moreover based upon a great principle in providential goodness, by which, the Lord puts the good over against the evil in due measure. Psalm 90:12 reminds us, “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom”. So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. From the midst of the scurry, we occasionally lift our heads and pause long enough to wonder what we are striving for, if there is lasting purpose in what we do, or if we are caught on an endless wheel. Thy presence alone can reconcile us to this transient existence; turn thou unto us. of Discussion for Psalms 90:12 . We read in verse 1, “A Prayer of Moses the man of God. So teach us to number our days, etc. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. Was it not his daily work this, his constant and continual employment? Verse 12. 88 O L ord, c God of my salvation, I d cry out day and night before you. 12. Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men. So teach us to number our days] The philosopher affirms, that man is therefore the wisest of creatures, because he alone can number, Bruta non numerant. Fill the other scale. Verses 1-6 This psalm is entitled a prayer of Moses. 9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. And how are you to be brought, my brethren? Will not a man spare his own servants? How much of them must be occupied with the necessary duties of this life. the fearing God and keeping his commandments. The prayer is like others which came from the meek lawgiver when he boldly pleaded with God for the nation; it is Moses-like. 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