Teach us to count our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. Psalms 90:12 NABRE
Hebrew scholars indicate Psalm ninety begins eleven consecutive works composed by Moses, that they correspond to the eleven blessings which Moses bestows upon the eleven tribes as written in Deuteronomy thirty-three, which describes them as the “Blessing of Moses.” (The tribe of Simeon is excluded because of the death it caused to thousands of Jews.) This psalm speaks of repentance as indicated in the third verse, “You turn humanity back into dust, saying, ‘Return, you children of Adam!’” In the Blessings of Moses, Reuben is blessed first, saying, “May Reuben live and not die out.” Rueben showing his sincere remorse and penitence, introduces the principle of complete repentance to the world and thus the psalm relates to Rueben, the symbol of repentance. It is believed that David who composed the psalms using scholars, including Moses, found these eleven psalms in an old manuscript which had been traditionally ascribed to the authorship of Moses. The psalm begins by describing the Lord as the dwelling place of the people in all generations. Humans are frail and their existence brief, ultimately humanity can only find solace in the fact that God has been the dwelling place for all. God welcomes penitents to dwell in Him.
The quoted verse desires to make humanity cognizant of their life span so as not to be preoccupied with countless cares and problems. An early verse indicates the years of a lifetime is seventy. So the psalm asks us to learn to count the days, that we may know the brevity of our life and look to repent. No one knows the day of their death and so we should repent every day, in case today is the day we should die.
Do you feel your life will never end? What would you do if you knew today you were going to die?Psalm ninety asks us to learn to count the days, that we may know the brevity of our life and look to repent. No one knows the day of their death and so we should repent every day, in case today is the day we should die. Click To Tweet
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