So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.…
I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY NUMBERING OUR DAYS?
1. We must form a correct estimate of human life, comparing its average length with its interests.
2. We must cherish a serious conviction of the uncertainty of life. Boast not thyself, young man, of thy strength, nor old man of thy wisdom, for a worm is in the bud of youth and at the root of age.
3. We must pay an observant regard to our days as they pass away. Days, weeks, and years are but the landmarks.
II. THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE FOR WHICH WE ARE TO NUMBER OUR DAYS.
1. Wisdom consists in the adoption of the best means to secure the best ends. In what relation do I stand to God and eternity? is the first question which every man should put to himself. Until he can answer this solemn inquiry satisfactorily, he is but a fool in knowledge and a child in his pursuits.
2. To apply our hearts unto wisdom, we must moderate our affections to earthly objects. Eternity will be our grand concern. Like the apostle, we shall learn to die daily, we shall be crucified to the world with its affections and lusts; it will gradually recede and eventually disappear as an object of felicitous contemplation.
3. We must peculiarly cherish those graces which mitigate the sorrows and heighten the joys of the present life.
4. We must cultivate those dispositions of mind which will increase all the lawful enjoyments of life. Habitual dependence upon God, walking with humility and gratitude beneath his favour, adds zest to all our enjoyments.
Parallel VersesKJV: So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.