In 1964, rock band, The Rolling Stones sang “Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime is on my side, yes it is.”
However, lead vocalist, Mick Jagger may not be feeling that way in 2017, paying child support to 5 different women for 8 different kids after a self proclaimed hard life of partying.
If we’re completely honest with ourselves, Time is really not on anyone’s side. That is but the One who created it and is over it. This Psalm stresses time and how easily it passes. From mentioning “days” to “years” to “all generations” to the “everlasting.” In fact, v. 4 says:
For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
A thousands years is like yesterday to God. What did you do yesterday? What do you remember about it? I had 2 discipleship meetings, lunch with someone who visited our church over the Summer, got caught up on some emails, made future Fall plans with our welcome team and talked apologetics with a guy called into ministry ending with a great Men’s Bible Study on Biblical manhood. I also know that I didn’t get to see my kids except the first hour that I was home, so after coming back at 9:30pm I snuck in some kisses while they were sleeping and prayed for them knowing that if I wake them up, then my beautiful wife will not be a happy camper (rightfully so). I ended the evening with a great devotion in Job, and some writing and reading. As you can see, I can remember yesterday pretty darn well.
Now ask me about a stereotypical day last year, last month, even last week and I can’t tell you with any great detail. But God, well, from the time that the Byzantine empire was in war as Islam and Christianity continued to spread (sadly under a former Roman empire that pushed relics and politics more than Jesus at times) in year 1000 AD to 2000 AD where the internet age was booming and Britney Spears ruled the world. Just think about everything that happened in between a thousand years. The wars, the expansion of civilizations and world powers coming and going. That was like yesterday to God. He knows that like I can describe a day to you because God is truly outside of our idea of time. As Augustine said in his classic “City of God”:
“God, in whose eternity is no change at all, is the Creator and Ordainer of time.”
It’s really hard for us as finite beings to wrap our minds around the infinite but one thing we do know is that if God thinks in the eternal, we must do our best to do the same.
That’s why verse 12 says:
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
We must start in our heart to think eternally and be wise with the number of days that God gives us and steward them for eternal purposes. I may not remember the event of a day last year, last month or even last week but I will be accountable for what I do eternally on those days. Will you join me in using the most of our time for eternal impact with the Gospel because, “Tiiiiiiiiime is not on our side”… but the One who created and ordained it is.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor