Teach Us To Weigh Out Our Days
(Moses’ Prayer Psalm 90:12-17)
This is the title to a song I wrote that comes from Moses’ Prayer in Psalm 90:12-17. Verse 12 says: Teach us to weight out our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Some translations say ‘teach us to number our days aright’. I looked up the word number there in Hebrew and it refers to the weight of our days.
We want our days to be full and weighty. So, in essence, Moses was praying that YHWH would teach us to weigh out our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
I began thinking about the commandment that says Honor your Mother and your Father that your days may be long upon the Earth that YHWH your Elohim gives you. Now the phrase ‘that your days may be long’ isn’t referring to how many days- like how long we live. It means that when we honor our parents we will have full days- days with meaning and weight. When the intentions of our hearts are weighed in the balance we want them to be weighty- to be full of meaning and worthiness in purpose for our Elohim.
So here when we read Psalm 90:12 it isn’t about how long we live, but rather about the value of each day.
Further on in the chapter Moses prays about the days we have seen affliction and about YHWH waking us up in the mornings with His unfailing love that we may sing for joy. Each of us walks through trials and hurtful times and often those times last much longer than we would like whether it is a result from our own decisions or others decisions put upon us. It causes us to seek relief and this prayer from Moses shows how he and the Israelites back then also needed relief as he asked YHWH for His compassion.
Today not only do we need YHWHs compassion, but we also need to make sure we are showing compassion. May we be on His compass of compassion which is His Son Yahshua for Yahshua loved from a true and wise heart and also guarded His Father’s commands.
In verse 17 Moses is asking that YHWH establish the work of our hands for us; He is talking about the work of the tabernacle. We are given detailed instructions in the Torah as to how the tabernacle is to be built. Also, we are given detailed instructions about how we ourselves, temples of Ruakh HaQodesh, are to care for ourselves and one another.
I wrote this song because I felt an urgency that we need to ask YHWH for wisdom as did Moses as to how we should live each day. It is my desire that we hear from YHWH, “Well done, you are a good and faithful servant.” HalleluYHWH!