Days and Years Under God’s Everlasting

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You return man to dust
    and say, ‘Return, O children of man!’
For a thousand years in your sight
    are but as yesterday when it is past,
    or as a watch in the night.

You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
    like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
    in the evening it fades and withers.

For all our days pass away under your wrath;
    we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy,
    or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
    they are soon gone, and we fly away.

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    and for as many years as we have seen evil.
 Let your work be shown to your servants,
    and your glorious power to their children.
 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and establish the work of our hands upon us;
    yes, establish the work of our hands!” Psalm 90:1-6,9-10,12,14-17

Our days are fleeting, God’s are from everlasting to everlasting. He who is from the beginning allots us a measure of time on earth that, humanly speaking, is brief, but that has eternal significance in His limitless sight. We toil and trouble through miles and months; we feel pressed by daily transience and seemingly insignificant duties, yet almighty God redeems our efforts for their part in His grand purpose.

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Who shines light every dark dawn? God, Who set the earth on its axis and the heavenly lights in place for our good. Who gives our fading and flying span of life beauty and meaning? Our Lord, Who teaches us to number our days and gain a heart of wisdom. Who turns sighing into victorious hope and gladness? The Savior, Who is our cause to rejoice, Who satisfies us every morning with His unfailing love. His we are, and in Him we dwell, ever secure and crowned with His favor. (Genesis 1:14-18)

As we begin each day, before we plan our agenda and set our goals and destination, let us remember the One Who is eternal and has ordained our every breath. Let us consider His higher works and glorious power, and ask that He establish our priorities and bless the work of our hands. Wherever we are, whatever is required of us, He anoints the days and years lived unto Him with value and significance. Let us take care how we spend our hours, how we build, that He might be glorified. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

Great Father, Your favor and honor I seek. I open my hands for Your use, Your filling, Your employing, that in every single day of my life You are better known and exalted.

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