I am joining (on a Monday), the Five Minute Friday writing community hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. The writing prompt is, “Teach.” Scripture images and the link to C. T. Stubbs’ poem were added after the allotted five minutes period had ended.

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“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”
(Psalm 90:1-2; emphasis added).

The verses above are the opening statements of a prayer of Moses. Perhaps it was his privilege of experiencing God as no other human did before the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, that shaped his prayer. His awareness that God has always existed. That unlike mankind, His existence is not counted in days.

I do not know when he prayed this prayer. He lived to be 120 years. Whenever he wrote it, he understood the transient nature of our time on earth and prayed, “So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12, NKJV). Other translations read:

“Teach us how short our lives really are so that we may be wise.” (Psalm 90:12, ICB)

“Help us to remember that our days are numbered, and help us to interpret our lives correctly. Set your wisdom deeply in our hearts so that we may accept your correction.” (TPT).

“Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.” (CEV).

Which ever translation we favor, the truth remains – we need God’s help to use wisely the time He has allotted us. As, C. T. Studd wrote, “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Reasons to Praise: Day 11 – Teach


I am thinking of Moses

Of the circumstances of his birth

Of how his mother saw that he was a beautiful child

And hid him until she could hide him no more

Then she made a basket and placed him in the river

And of how his sister watched over him

I am thinking of Moses

And how Pharaoh’s daughter drew him out of the water

And named him Moses

And raised Him as a prince of Egypt

I am thinking of his temper

And his murder of an Egyptian task master

And his flight into the desert

And of how God revealed Himself to him there

I am thinking of how God called Him

And how he argued with God

Telling the One who made the mouth and the tongue

That he could not speak

How he persisted in arguing

Even after his rod became a serpent

And his hand became leprous then whole again

Even after God promised that He would

teach him what to say

And would teach him and Aaron what to do

How this same Moses did lead the children out of Egypt

And how God spoke to him as a man spoke with his friend

And how after he had witnessed God do so many miracles

Asked, “If you are pleased with me, teach your ways.”

And how the psalmist testified hundreds of years later

“Moses knew God’s ways; the children of Israel knew His acts.”

I am thinking of Moses and how God answered his prayer and taught Him his ways

And how He will do the same for us, if we ask

“Teach me your ways.”

This post is number 11 in the series “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 days of Five Minute Free Writes.