Daily Devotional – Frailty of Man

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days,That we may present to ...

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The ESV says: So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom, most folks just sort of shorted it to Life is short so live wisely.’  

Unfortunately that does not really take into context the whole Psalm.  First it is a Psalm of Moses, and more than just life is short (v.2,3,4,10,12,14) it has two other themes of note: God’s Eternal Greatness (v.1-17) and Mans Frailty (v.3,5,7,11,).



So teach us – Who do you rely upon for wisdom? Is it your friends, family, Pastor? While the Bible certainly encourages us to seek wise counsel, it also makes it abundantly clear that the best advice comes directly from God.

to number our days, – One plus one equals, Math is not really what Moses or God is speaking of here. Neither is the subject matter just an accounting of all we accomplish on a daily basis or plan to accomplish (we know not when God will call us home). 

Moses under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is saying count each day as your last, (our days are certainly numbers v.3) make each worthy, make it count for something towards the Kingdom of God and His Glory.

that we may apply – The bible says Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?  Man cannot on his own apply the things of God to himself.  Man is weak and Frail in his natural state and only with God’s help can he apply…

our hearts unto wisdom. –  As John Gills commentary says:

“to seek the way of salvation by Christ – to seek to Christ, the wisdom of God, (for it to fear the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom) and to walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise…For unless a man is taught of God, and by his Spirit convinced of sin, righteousness, and judgment, he will never be concerned, in good earnest, about a future state. Nor inquire the way of salvation, nor heartily apply to Christ for it: he may number his days, and consider the shortness of them, and apply his heart to folly, and not wisdom.”


Having survived over 6 decades now I am realizing that there are advantages and disadvantages to prolonged life.  The older I get the more knowledge I am able to gain; I love to study especially God’s word. At the same time the older I get the more forgetful and absent minded I get especially it seems with remembering Bible verses. 

Also unlike some, I came to saving Grace later in life and I find that my momentary lapses, frailty of human nature surfacing, are usually caused by my failure to prepare each day by asking God to ‘teach me to number this day and apply His wisdom to my heart.’

How are you beginning each day as a frail loner or entrenched with the Wisdom of God in your heart?


Number Your Days

There can be no doubt that when one reads the bible numbers, Biblical Numerology, play a significant role in it’s writing. Examples would be the number seven (7) signifies completion or perfection. Think of the creation story or the story of salvation from the flood Gen 7:2-4The number 40 (40) is considered to be associated with trials think of the Israelites wandering the wilderness for 40 years or Jesus being tempted for 40 days and many other examples. I can not neglect to mention the number three (3) is considered divine perfection, the Trinity. 

Yet when God speaks of numbering our days, here He is not speaking about Biblical Numerology, in fact i believe that this is the last thing God’s intended in every instance and reference of a number in the bible. NO WHERE does God call us to search out and decode some secret number from the bible. Do numbers have meaning? Some others are just well, numbers and wasting our time placing “special” emphasis on them instead of going about our real mission Matthew 28:18-20 of sharing the Good News. – Mike

12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12

 These verses contain the sanctified use of the foregoing meditations. If such be the transitory state of man upon earth, Lord cause thy people to improve these appointments of thine, to thy glory, and their welfare. Are our days short? Oh, make them gracious. Are they vain and unsatisfying? Oh, direct us to Jesus, who will cause them that love him to inherit substance. Are they full of sin and infirmities? Oh, let the consciousness of these things endear Jesus in his blood and righteousness: and let all the events of a short, unsatisfying, sinful life, make us long for the work of salvation, and the beauty of our Lord God to be upon us. Lord, work in us, and upon us, both to will and to do of thy good pleasure. Philippians 2:13.
Hawkers Poor Man’s Commentary  Psalm 90 Verses 12-17