Our services have temporarily been put on hold, but we will continue to encourage you with God’s Word. The following sermon was prepared by Ps Lucas Stoltz this week for your edification and uplifting.

Click here Psalm 90:12, to download or stream the sermon, and follow the notes below. May the Lord speak into your hearts as you worship.

Psalm 90:12, Wisdom in Suffering:

  • We ought to thank God for wisdom regularly, more so, pray for Godly wisdom regularly. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
  • Friends, we’re in a time where we need to apply all sorts of wisdom. And never can we be without wisdom. What is wisdom exactly, you might ask… wisdom is the application of knowledge.
  • Knowledge is gained through study, you study maths, science, theology, geography. But it is wise to apply this knowledge in situations where those studies are relevant.

 

  • God has revealed His knowledge for us in the Scriptures, and gives the ability to grow in wisdom. Therefore, it is fitting for us to consider one these truths found in the Psalms.
  • Today we’ll look at a practical lesson of wisdom that will guard our hearts in a time of suffering and discomfort.

 

  1. Wisdom We Ought to Live By:
  • Text – 90:12
  • Explanation – Moses asks the Lord to teach us. This means we need to be learning, we need to be teachable, open and attentive. But to what? Again, Moses asks, ‘to number our days.’
  • Throughout scripture, this phrase refers to how short our time is here on the earth, in this body of flesh. In its context, Psalm 89 deals with man’s weakness, saying “Remember how short my time is! For what vanity you have created all the children of man! What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol?” (Ps. 89:47–48).

 

  • In fact, refer to Psalm 90:4, “O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am.” So our time is short, and it can be wasted or redeemed for God’s glory, as Ephesians 5:16 reads, “redeeming the time, for the days are evil.
  • But although life is short, God is the home of His people, as Moses says: “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations” (v. 1). But it is wisdom that drives us to these comforts. Therefore, Moses reminds us that while we’re on this earth, weak and briefly, God is eternal:
  • Before the mountains were brought forth or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (v. 2).

 

  • Illustration – Moses takes us back to before the foundation of the earth was laid to remind us that our God is before time, beyond time, and in control of this world.
  • Moses does this with an illustration found in verse 4, “For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.” What does this mean? Time does not have the same meaning for God as for us.
  • For you and me, a thousand years is a very long time and it is something we won’t experience. For God, it has no affect because He is eternal, and above the time that He created.

 

  • Application – These are the truths we can be comforted by and should rest in. And so the first truth of wisdom we ought to live by is practical wisdom:
  • The Israelites used their wisdom in skill to develop tools, homes, improve education, etc. but something the nation was commended for, was how they put practical steps in place to be aware of God’s Word to guide them in their daily lives.
  • Deut 6:8-9 reads, “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deut 11:18-20, ““You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
  • Whether these verse referred the actuality of carrying God’s Word everywhere or not, my dear friends, in order for us to gain a heart of wisdom, we should be so immersed in God’s Word that it is only natural to take it with us everywhere! His Word is sufficient, true, and necessary.

 

  • Secondly, the Israelites applied wisdom as insight into their lives. This is what we see in the Book of Proverbs as it gives clarity on personal behaviour, such as the discipline of children, how to treat one’s neighbour, keeping our eyes from evil, etc.
  • This application of wisdom was to build an orderly and functional society that reflected the moral requirements of God as laid out in His Word. Therefore, the second truth of wisdom we ought to live by is intellectual. We cannot only try to be practical if our minds are not being filled with God’s wisdom and instruction.

 

  • When we fill our minds with God’s Word, when trials come – we’ll be able to admonish each other (Col 3:16), live in harmony with one another (Rom 12:16), build up one another (1 Thess 5:11), be likeminded towards one another (Rom 15:5), and accept one another (Romans 15:7).
  • Why should we respond in this way? Because God has called to be a body, and in the time of suffering, it is vital for us to fulfil His Word!

 

  • Conclusion – And so as we ask the Lord to teach us to number our days, our hearts of wisdom are formed through practical and intellectual wisdom that we gain from God’s Word, especially in a time of trial or suffering.

Application:

  • In addition, we believe that God is sovereign over every area of life and He has already determined the end from the beginning. Therefore, there is a purpose in our trial of suffering. Yet, when we are not wise in our context, will miss the purpose of our trial.
  • We should always be ready to learn and to grow, to respond faithfully, and not sin in our discomfort. God is eternal and He directs the course of history by His infinite power.

 

  • Even Moses, who had seen the power of God, again and again, continued to pray that God’s work would remain before the eyes of the people. Look at verse 16, “Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
  • Why? Because as God had brought suffering by His power, so Moses prays that God will send blessing: “Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil” (v. 15).

 

  • If God needs to shorten our days in order for us to grow in wisdom so that we can glorify Him, then we should continue to pray, “Lord, teach me to number my days, help me redeem the time I have been given, that I may have a heart of wisdom.”
  • We must learn that we can never overcome anything in our own strength. We need a teacher, and the only teacher who can rescue us from such foolishness is God.
  • So let us be wise in the coming days, let us be practical as you know what you need to do to care for your family. Let us be intellectual to protect our minds from evil thoughts, and to have the necessary insight to encourage one another.

 

  • And let us be a living example of Romans 12:9-17:
  • To let love be genuine. And hate what is evil; holding fast to what is good. Loving one another with brotherly affection. Outdoing one another in showing honour.
  • To not be slothful in passion, but be fervent in spirit, as we serve the Lord. To rejoice in hope, being patient in tribulation, and being constant in prayer.
  • To contribute to the needs of the saints and seeking to show hospitality. Blessing those who persecute you; and not cursing them.
  • To rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Living in harmony with one another. Not being haughty, but associating with the lowly. Never being wise in your own sight.
  • Repaying no one evil for evil, but giving thought to do what is honourable in the sight of all.