“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12). Because of our short calendar, Moses asks for divine wisdom. First, he asks for wisdom to number our days. To number our days is to make our days count for God. God has ordained the shortness of our lives. “Lord, You are eternal and we are temporal. So please teach us how to make our days count for You. Give us a heart of wisdom to make our short life count for eternity.”
“Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants” (v. 13)! “Return” (Heb. shub), means, “turn back.” (BDB) God is angry at their sin. Thus, second, Moses asks God to turn back from His wrath. Moses used the same word in his prayer in Ex. 32:12, “Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people.”
Third, Moses asks God to manifest His steadfast love. “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (v. 14). God’s steadfast love gives satisfaction to those He loves. It gives them joy. That is why Moses asked God to show His steadfast love. His steadfast love will satisfy His people. It will make them joyful all their days.
Why did Moses ask for satisfaction “in the morning”? God brought back the waters of the Red Sea in the morning, drowning the Egyptians, and saving Israel from death. God saved Israel from the Assyrian armies of Sennacherib in the morning (Ex. 14:27; 2 Ki. 19:35). Moses knew that God’s steadfast love came in the morning.
“Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil” (v. 15). Fourth, Moses also asks God to make them glad in the future as much as the wrath they had experienced in the past. He is asking God to give His people as much joy tomorrow as the pain that they have experienced yesterday.
Wouldn’t you like to ask God also to fill your life with as much joy tomorrow as you had pain yesterday? That is a good prayer we can ask God this year. Ask God to give you as much joy this year as the pain last year.
Finally, Moses asks God to establish the work of their hands. “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” (v. 17)! This is a prayer for blessing for their work. The blessing of their work is a sign of God’s favor upon them. It is a sign that God has forgiven them.
You will know that you’re experiencing the steadfast love of God. You are assured of His forgiveness in Christ. You experience His satisfaction and His joy. You receive His blessings on your life.