Encountering God Chapter 7
Hey Sparkles! Happy Wednesday! For today’s Wednesday Wisdom post, I am writing from chapter 7 of Encountering God: A Study in Psalms.
Living With an Eternal Perspective
According to its title, “A Prayer of Moses the man of God,” Psalm 90 was authored by Moses. Since he lived around 1400 BC, this means Psalm 90 is the oldest of the Psalms and Moses is the first Psalmist.
Moses was called the man of God because he was the mediator between God and the Israelites. A true man of God is a man of prayer.
In this case, Moses was praying for the children of Israel to learn an important life lesson. The lesson was one he had learned during the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. That lesson is to live purposefully in light of eternity.
The reality of eternity serves as a vital motivation for those who make a significant impact on the world for Christ.
God is Eternal
“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, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
This psalm begins with the unfathomable truth that God existed in eternity past. God created all that exists in the world today. God will continue to exist long after this world is God. Only God is eternally constant.
No matter where we live in this ever-changing world, our souls will feel at rest only when the eternal God is with us. The everlasting Lord is our dwelling place. He is the one who makes us feel at home.
Man is Temporal
Against the backdrop of God’s eternity, Moses starkly portrays the frailty and finitude of human existence. We are formations of dust that live for a brief time and are subject to the righteous wrath of God.
Man’s Origin is Humble
“You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!””
Man’s Lifespan is Brief
“For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.”
Man’s Death is Swift
“You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning: in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.”
God’s Judgement is Just
“For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.”
Prayer is Essential
Our necessary response to the brevity of life is to cry out to God in prayer. This is what Moses does in Psalm 90:13-17.
Pray for Mercy
“Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants! Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”
Pray for Joy
“Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.”
Pray for Blessing
“Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”
Well, that’s all for today, Sparkles. If you want to get a copy of Encountering God: A Study in Psalms by Steve Pettit, go to https://amzn.to/2XksU3r. Be sure to go back and read my blog posts on Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of Encountering God.