Psalm 90

A Psalm of Death – Not the End of the Story

Our focus for today’s Faithfulness Friday is Psalm 90.  The 90th was the first psalm written and penned by Moses himself while winding up the desert wandering years with God’s people.  (I discovered this on Monday when reading my copy of The One Year Chronological Bible – *Amazon link, commission affiliate.)

During the forty years of wandering and waiting to enter the promised land, Moses saw over two million people die.  His psalm is known as the psalm of death.  Moses begins his psalm by elevating God, our Creator in verses 1-2.

“Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!  Before the mountains were created, before you made the earth and the world, you are God, without beginning or end.”

I am warmed by the first sentence, . . . “you have been our home!”  Yes, He is my home.  Do you feel that way, too?

Does this little one look worried to you?  I suspect his or her shepherd is nearby.  With your Shepherd, you are safe, comfortable, and completely at home.

Psalm 90Moses uses the psalm to teach.  In verse 12, he says,

Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.

He wanted God’s people to not waste their lives, but to make them count, to live in obedience to the Lord, and not to live in sin.  Throughout this Psalm, Moses preaches of death, sin, and condemnation, as if to say (my summation), “Wake up, you people!  Leave your sinful selves behind!  Cast off evil!  Live for the Lord, and seek His wisdom!”

When we have Christ, we have wisdom and hope.

God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus.  For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself.  He is the one who made us acceptable to God.  He made us pure and holy, and he gave us himself to purchase our freedom. (I Corinthians 1:30)

Psalm 90:17 says, “And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful.  Yes, make our efforts successful.”  Moses tried to put a perspective on life that was lacking at the time.  Day after day in the heat of the desert, Moses paused to bury the dead.  He had an important perspective to share about life – to do something with their (our) lives that will have meaning and value.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.  He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”  We will never be completely happy with earthly pleasures partly because we don’t see the completed story.  Plus, He has given us a spiritual thirst that can only be satisfied by our eternal Father.

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We have eternal value, and our pursuits are only fulfilling if we look to God for our purpose in life.  We should ask God what He would have us to do with the gifts He gave us.  What will glorify Him?  That is what will bring us the most pleasure and satisfaction, with the knowledge it was ordained by God Himself.

Several highlights from this psalm speak of life; therefore, we can consider Psalm 90 to be a psalm of death AND LIFE.

In God’s faithfulness, He gave us an eternal yearning for the perfect world with which all humanity began, in the garden, in right relationship with the God of the universe.  I don’t know about you, but I stand in awe of Him when pondering our beginning and the eternity we will enjoy with Him.  We can see that the Lord is faithful.  We can truly trust Him.

Because He lives~

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