“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” (Psalms 90:12)
Moses cried out to the Lord to teach him to REALIZE the brevity of life. This passage is a reminder to carpe diem or seize the day. Wisdom teaches us that life is short, and so it is of utmost importance to how we use our days. Our days are numbered, and our time is short.
Therefore, we cry out for wisdom to know how to best spend our time. Instead of an Ecclesiastical approach of meaninglessness, Psalm 90 begs us to see the purpose and fleeting nature of our days. The Psalmist cries out that his days be used for a higher purpose.
In these verses, we find our answer: meaning in life has nothing to do with WHAT we do, our days are only made meaningful through HIM that we KNOW. “And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!” (Psalm 90:17) For God establishes our work, makes our futile efforts full of purpose, and gives meaning to our days.