Psalm 90 A Psalm of Moses
1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
This is the only Psalm attributed to Moses. So we have a completely different time frame then all the other Psalms. Yet we still see the same issues as we did with the Psalms of David and Asaph and Korah. Funny how things are the same from one generation to the next. If you have enemies, if you wonder if God is with you, or if you wonder how long it will take for God to answer, you’re in good company. Now I don’t feel so bad.
Moses starts out by saying that God is his dwelling place. Moses could really say that because they were in the wilderness with God for 40 years. They didn’t have anyplace else to go, so God really was their dwelling place. Now we know that it was probably Moses who wrote the book of Genesis, some through stories he was told and some revealed to him by God. So he knows that God was God before the mountains and before the earth was formed. In fact, God is from Everlasting to Everlasting.. That’s a song as well. That’s something we need to always keep in mind. God has always been around. Way before the earth was here, God was! And to the infinite amount of time, God will be
Moses recognizes the fact that God allows man to turn to his own destruction. We have a choice to either follow God or not. Just like I have a choice whether I’m going to follow the doctor’s directions on my recovery or not. I could stop all of these drugs tomorrow and tell my doctor I’m done – I’m just going to do my own thing now. Now that would be totally foolish because I am not cured yet I’m only in remission. If I follow the doctor’s instructions then I should be cured of this cancer and it won’t come back. But it is my choice. And that’s the way it is with God. We can choose to go with God, or turn to our own destruction. If we do turn to destruction, then God will try to call us back because He loves us.
Now I know we’ve all heard this before. – that a thousand years is like a day with the Lord. That particular wording is somewhere else (2 Peter 3:8). This is worded a little different. Moses says a thousand years is like yesterday when it is past. Sometimes I think yesterday was a thousand years away because I can’t remember anything that I said. But with God time is irrelevant. His timing is always perfect and He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. The trouble is we always question that and want things done in our time frame. We miss a blessing if we don’t wait for God’s timing on things.
5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
Moses is referring back to verse 3 about man turning to his own destruction. He says God will carry him away like a flood and in the morning they are like grass – it flourishes in the morning but in the evening it’s cut down and it withers away. Our lives are so short in the expanse of God’s Kingdom. James said our life is like a vapor (James 4:14). It’s so important we make the most of that time. we’ll talk about that later.
Moses says we are consumed by God’s anger, and His wrath troubles us. Moses went through some difficult times in the wilderness. There were times that he just wanted to give up and there were times that God wanted to give up on the Israelites. But every time, Moses realized the testimony that would come if all of a sudden the Israelites were wiped out. All the nations around knew what God had done to the Egyptian for the Israelites. If he destroyed them now, then everybody would say that God could not deliver them. So Moses constantly pleaded with God not to destroy the Israelites. And more than once, even though they were consumed by his anger and his wrath, He never destroyed them. He did set their and equities before them and pulled out all their secret sins. God will put our iniquities before us as well and He will let us know our secret sins. I like the fact that he says they’re known by the light of His countenance. When God starts to shine His light on us then our secret sins will be showing for what they are, and God will hold us accountable. Make sure that you’re taking care of anything that you think is in secret, because it’s not in secret from God
9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Moses says that all our days are passed away and the years are just a story. He mentions that that number of our years is 70. That surprises me because I didn’t really think the Israelites lived to be 70 years old back. Now I remember the generation that came out of Egypt was all destroyed in the wilderness for the iniquities that they had committed and the unbelief belief they had. It was their children that went into the Promised Land. So I doubt very many seventy or eighty years old did entered in. In fact Caleb and Joshua were probably the only ones that old to enter into the Promised Land.
Who knows the power of God’s anger? I hope I never know the power of God’s anger. I hope I never have to face His wrath. When I read the book of Revelation and see what’s coming up on this earth, I know I want to avoid that at all costs. Those will be difficult times for anybody. So we need to number our days. We need to make the most of every minute we have. We are called to be a testimony to God and to preach the gospel to every creature. We need to apply our hearts to wisdom. Your wisdom should tell you that you don’t need to be a preacher to preach the gospel. Your life testifies more than your words ever will. Every minute we need to make sure that our lives are reflecting our love for Jesus Christ. When people see the joy and the peace that only God can give in today’s crazy world, they will want some of that! That is where your testimony will come in handy. The word says we should be ready to give account for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15). Practice that testimony so you are ready!
13 Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish
Here we see a familiar cry from the psalm. only this was Moses hundreds of years before the other psalms were written. How long Lord? Please repent concerning your servants. How many times have we seen David saying the same things? How many times do we say the same things? Looks like some things never change?
Moses said he’ll be satisfied with God’s mercy. I know I sure would be satisfied with mercy a lot of times. God told Paul that His grace should be sufficient. We need to make sure that God’s mercy and grace are sufficient for us. I don’t need to have his mercy to praise Him. That’s a testimony I want to have that even in the difficult times – that I lifted up my voice and praised God.
Last but not least we should let the beauty of the Lord be upon us. To me, the beauty of the Lord is the way He loves everybody and He ministered to everybody. He ministered to the Samaritan woman, He ministered to the lepers, He ministered to those that were rejected by the community, like Matthew the tax collector. There was no one out of reach of God,and that’s His beauty. He also says to establish the work of our hands. I pray that God will establish my poetry and get it to the right people so that it can be a blessing to the entire church all around the world. I believe that’s why God is giving it to me. That is the work of my hands right now and I know that God will bless it. Do you believe God will bless the work of your hands?