So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12
There’s something about the beginning of a new year, or a birthday that can cause you to self evaluate. Having just celebrated a birthday, I found myself thinking about my life thus far. Because I’ve been learning not to be too hard on myself or others, but instead seeing things through the eyes of His grace, the thought came to me, “How does He see my life thus far?” I can remember for so many years not feeling like I quite measured up and only thinking about missed or wasted moments, but this time was different.
Even a verse like the one above, looking through those “not good enough glasses” would cause me to feel condemned. But, looking through His eyes of grace, I see a deeper insight into what David was actually saying. The Hebrew word for “number” here means to assign, tell, appoint, prepare and ordain. The word “ordain” here actually means to found, fix, establish, or to lay foundation.
In other words, David was not writing this verse from a guilt trip, nor was he implying that he was not making the most of his days or years, but he was simply asking the Father to “order his steps” or “days.” David writes in Psalm 37:23,”The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.”
I’m sure no one thinks they’ve made the most of everyday and because of it, our adversary the devil would have us live in regret. He would love for us to wallow in our past mistakes and failures and by getting us to do so, he robs and steals our day. As Lamentations 3:22-23 says in the (NLT), “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Our Heavenly Father would much rather us focus today on Him and allow Him to order our steps from this day forward. So today let us not over evaluate, but celebrate! Each and every day is a new beginning to the rest of your life and a fresh new start.
Today’s Thought: Every day is a new beginning to the rest of your life, full of fresh mercy and grace.