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Numbering Our Days

Series: What Will Your Legacy Be?

Numbering Our Days

Numbers 20 is characterized by three events: 1) The death of Miriam - Moses’ sister. 2) Moses’ sin of striking the rock - which results in God forbidding him to enter the promised land. 3) The death of Aaron - Moses’ brother. All of these events take place shortly before the death of Moses. This chapter could very well serve as the historical setting for Psalm 90. Of all of Moses’ writings, this psalm is the most personal.

90.1-2 - The eternal greatness of God.

  1. God’s existence is from forever.
  2. God is our dwelling place / refuge. Connect to Psalm 71.3 and Deuteronomy 33.27. Those who dwell with God are secure.

90.3-6 - The frailty of man…

  1. 90.5-6 - like grass that is renewed in the morning: in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
  2. 90.4 - a comparison of God’s time with our own. Connect with 2 Peter 3.8.
    1. with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day

90.7-11 - Our sin and God’s wrath.

  1. 90.7-8, 11. Note how our sin is contrasted with God’s holiness.
  2. Sin always leads to death. 
  3. Psalm 19.10-14 - will we use the Word to discern our errors?

90.12-17 - Three petitions for grace:

  1. 90.12 - Teach us to number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
    1. How do we make each day count?
      1. Recognizing the brevity of life.
      2. Embrace God’s teaching.
    2. Luke 12.15 - Life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.
      1. 12.21 - be rich toward God.
  2. 90.14 - Help to understand nothing will fully satisfy our heart except God.
  3. 90.17 - establish the work of our hands upon us. Help to make what we’re doing worthwhile.

What Kind of Legacy Will You Leave?

  1. What will your destination be? What will you leave behind?
  2. Has your life been an illustration of a life lived for God?
  3. Psalm 92.12-15: Will your life demonstrate:
    1. A life of stability?
    2. A life of fruitfulness?
    3. A life that declares God’s protection and fortifying strength?
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