Sermon Notes: Number our Days

Psalms 90 Moses said:

  • In the light of eternity (vv. 1–4), life is brief—no matter how long you live.
  • You need God’s help to use your days wisely (v. 12) and joyfully (vv. 14–15).
  • There is real satisfaction in doing God’s will (v. 14; 1 John 2:17), revealing God’s glory (v. 16) and growing in God’s beauty (v. 17).
  • In spite of the burdens of life and the brevity of life, life is worth living when you trust the Lord.

Psalms 90:10‭-‬12 NIV Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

  • James 1:5‭-‬8 NIV If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Three Things To Remember

1 Make the most of each day

  • Ephesians 5:15‭-‬17 NIV Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

2 Always pressing forward

  • Philippians 3:13‭-‬14 NIV  Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

3 Remember The joy of the Lord is our strength

  • Nehemiah 8:10 NIV  Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Joy is available in a variety of places.

  • A person can receive joy from other individuals and from circumstances.
  • The primary difference between the joy that is provided by people and circumstances and the joy that comes from the Lord is in consistency and duration.
  • People will fail.
  • Circumstances will change.

However, when a person’s source of joy, and the strength it provides, is the Christ the Lord

  • They can be even-keeled and constant, just as God is constant.

Many verses in Scripture speak to the joy that God provides His people:

  • Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Psalm 16:11: “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
  • 1 Peter 1:8–9: “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
  • Psalm 5:11: “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
  • Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”
  • Isaiah 40:30–31 “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

4 And Remember,  The Best is Yet to Come!

  • 1 Corinthians 2:9‭-‬10 NIV  However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

Close The Blessing of Moses

  • Numbers 6:24‭-‬26 NIV  “ The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ’