Psalm 90: Eternal Perspective…
“O God, stamp eternity on my eyeballs!”
— Jonathan Edwards
Moses asks that the people be taught to number their days in light of God’s eternality, sovereignty, and mercy, and he acknowledges that from eternity past to eternity future God is God.
In Psalm 90 the psalmist asked God to bless His people in view of life’s brevity.
This “one of the most magisterial of the psalms” has been called a communal psalm of trust, but it also contains lament.
Read it especially when you have lost your eternal perspective.
“The psalms of trust are written for the express purpose of declaring the psalmist’s trust in God. . . . A second element of the psalms of trust or confidence is the invitation to trust issued to the community. . . . A third element of this group of psalms is the basis for trust. . . . A fourth element in the psalms of trust is petition. . . . Given the nature of the psalmist’s faith, it is not surprising that in at least two instances a fifth element enters the psalm.
The worshiper makes a vow or promise to praise the Lord (16:7; 27:6b; 115:17-18). . . . The sixth element, and next to the declaration of trust, the most frequent component of the psalms of trust, is the interior lament.
It is not a lament as such, but the remnant of one.”
“In an age which was readier than our own to reflect on mortality and judgment, this psalm was an appointed reading (with 1 Cor. 15) at the burial of the dead: a rehearsal of the facts of death and life which, if it was harsh at such a moment, wounded to heal.
Read Psalm 90
Here’s the backstory to set the scene for Psalm 90…
The scene is the Wilderness of Sinai.
It has been years since the spies returned to Kadesh-Barnea with their evil report.
Now the people are still trekking around the desert but getting nowhere in the process (going in circles).
It is an exercise in futility. Every morning a reporter comes to Moses’ tent with a fresh report of casualties.
Deaths, deaths, deaths, and more deaths.
Obituaries are the commonest item of news, and the desert seems to be an expanding cemetery.
Every time the people break camp, they leave another field of graves behind.
On this particular day, Moses the man of God has had all he can take.
Overwhelmed by the mounting toll, he retreats into his tent, prostrates himself on the ground and pours out this prayer to God.
In the only psalm attributed to him, Moses remembered his pain over the sins of the people (see Exodus 32:9–14).
This psalm celebrated David’s glorious reign.
David’s reign was successful because God sustained him.
One of David’s descendants (Jesus Christ) would reign over God’s people forever.
Moses began by attributing eternality to Yahweh.
All generations of believers have found Him to be a protective shelter from the storms of life.
God existed before He created anything, even the “world” (Heb. tebel, lit. the productive earth).
This Hebrew word is a poetic synonym for “earth” (Heb. ‘eres, i.e., the planet).
God outlasts man. He creates him and then sees him return to “dust” (Heb. dakka, lit. pulverized material).
From God’s eternal perspective 1,000 years are as a day is to us (2 Pet. 3:8).
This does not mean that God is outside time.
Time simply does not bind or limit Him as it does us.
All events are equally vivid to Him.
Time is the instrument we use to mark the progression and relationship of events.
God’s personal timeline has no end, whereas ours stretches only about 70 years before we die.
Human life is therefore quite brief compared to God’s eternality.
Life is all about our entering into intimacy with God, to fellowship with Him and commune with Him; and our learning to trust Him in every area of our life!
“Children love to swing. There’s nothing like it. Thrusting your feet toward the sky, leaning so far backward that everything looks upside down.
Spinning trees, a stomach that jumps into your throat. Ah, swinging. . . . I learned a lot about trust on a swing.
As a child, I only trusted certain people to push my swing.
If I was being pushed by people I trusted (like Dad or Mom), they could do anything they wanted.
They could twist me, turn me, stop me . . . But let a stranger push my swing (which often happened at family reunions and Fourth of July picnics), and it was hang on, baby!
Who knew what this newcomer would do?
When a stranger pushes your swing, you tense up, ball up, and hang on. . . . We live in a stormy world.
At this writing, wars rage in both hemispheres of our globe.
World conflict is threatening all humanity. Jobs are getting scarce. Money continues to get tight.
Families are coming apart at the seams. . . . We must remember who is pushing the swing.
We must put our trust in Him. We can’t grow fearful. He won’t let us tumble out.”
(From On the Anvil by Max Lucado)
When do you feel safe?
When your spouse is with you?
When the doors are locked?
When the alarm is on?
When you have enough money for any situation?
All of these securities can fail. Ask God to help you depend on Him for your security.
SELAH (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Friday, January 6, 2023
DON’T BE FOOLED, TIME IS SHORT AND PRECIOUS!
“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
” …redeeming the time because the days are evil.”
“a time for every purpose”
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
As we enter a New Year, remember the one constant true for everyone, rich or poor, male or female: each of us is given 8,760 hours in a Gregorian calendar year.
That is, 1,440 minutes a day, or 525,600 minutes a year.
Sounds like a lot, yet have you noticed how time flies these days?
Personally, I can’t find enough hours in a day to accomplish all that I want to.
When I was younger I had all the time in the world. These days its rate of passage is just short of astonishing.
It seems, for example, like yesterday, that 9/11 happened. It’s been 21 years.
Kids entering the army now weren’t even born yet!
And time is one thing we cannot recapture once lost.
Are we behaving like we have all the time in the world?
We don’t, and it was always an illusion to think otherwise.
Time is precious. A heart of wisdom will rightly value the limited and uncertain portion allotted, and will make the most of it.
Seize the day. Discover the purpose for the time.
The Lord will guide and empower you to live meaningfully and fruitfully, even as if today is the last day of your life; (it actually could be).
If you need to, repent. If you need to, reconcile; don’t wait.
Pray for the Lord’s economy in your use of time.
You’ll be amazed at the ways He inspires, arranges, and invests your time with His wonderful purposes.
Every minute of your life will be assessed according to His value. So make the most of it… Shabbat Shalom!
Your family in the Lord with much agape love,
George, Baht Rivka, Obadiah and Elianna (Going to Christian College in Dallas, Texas)
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