JANUARY 1, Psalm 90:10-12

Blessed New Year to you! It is always wonderful to start the New Year with a lesson from the bible and today we read three verses from Psalm 90. Moses was the one who wrote this psalm and he wrote it during the 40 years the Israelites were in the Sinai Wilderness. is was the time between their leaving Egypt and reaching the Promised Land.

During this period, Moses led about 2 million Israelites as they wandered through the desolate landscape of the wilderness. It was a very tough time. It was a time when many Israelites died. And these words do not seem like the usual happy messages one may read of on the first day of the year!

But these are words of wisdom. Moses reminds us that life is short, we must trust in God. e “days of our years are threescore years and ten” means that on average, lifespan of a typical person is about 70 years. It is longer in Singapore and many parts of the world, but it is not much longer.

As we start the new year, it is wise to remind ourselves we are to number our days (verse 12). What does that mean? It is NOT to literally count the days in a week or month as we progress in the year. It is to live a life that will please God in terms of obeying Him. It is to be a wise child. It is not to continue the mistakes you have made last year. It is to apologize for any wrongs you’ve done last year. It is to be more kind to classmates, perhaps. It is to be more grateful to parents. It is to be more giving to siblings or friends. In short, it is to apply our hearts unto wisdom (verse 12b).

Thought: Start the year right. Start the year with God!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me another year. As I start this year, may I be given the wisdom to live a godly life for You. Please grant strength and endurance, for I know I am weak. is I ask in Jesus’ name, amen.