|Psalms 90 |
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
3 You turn man back to dust through destruction; and say, "Return, you earthborn children of men."
4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or but as a watch in the night.
5 You sweep the people away like a flood, as though they are asleep. They are like the grass that grows up in the morning.
6 In the morning it flourishes, and grows up; in the evening it is cut down, and withers.
7 For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath we are troubled.
8 You have set our iniquities before you, and our secret sins in the light of your countenance.1
9 For all our days are passed away in your wrath; we spend our years as a tale that is told.
10 The days of our years are seventy; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet this strength [of more years] is just more labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.2
11 Who knows the power of your anger? Even according to your fear, so is your wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
13 Return, O LORD, how long? And change to compassion and concern for your servants.
14 O satisfy us early with your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad in proportion to the days in which you have afflicted us, and the years in which we have seen evil.
16 Let your works [the promises] be revealed to your servants, and your glory to their children.
17 Let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, the work of our hands establish.
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1 You have set our iniquities before you, and our secret sins in the light of your countenance. When we go to Lord, to wait on him in silence, listening for his voice, he first encourages us, tells us about himself, and even gives us prophecies of our life that come true. Then, once we know he is God and our friend who wants to help us become pure and holy, he begins to show us our sins. He shows in a non-condemning way, in a way that we can easily recognize as truth, in a way that is undeniable to all but the most stubborn, and in a way that shames us and motivates us to repent or change. When he shows us ourselves, that is his light exposing our secret sins, that is his word, which is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. There is not any created being that is not seen [continually] by God, but all things are exposed and open to the eyes of him [God] to whom we must give an account. Heb 4:12-13. And most important, when we have sorrow about our condition that he shows us, resolving to change, he then gives us supernatural help to be different, by removing the desire to sin from our hearts.
2 This is thought to be a prayer of Moses, appealing to God to reverse the curse on the Israelites who were told they would never enter the promised land and that only their children would enter, when they rebelled against God at Kadesh-barnea. The people were dying, and Moses is pleading.
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