Psalm 90 falls right in the middle of our chronological walk through scripture. It is “A Prayer of Moses, the man of God”. That is a very powerful title that Moses carries – not ‘a man of God’ but “the man of God”. So what describes you? Are you a man or woman of God – that is a great starting place? Becoming THE man or woman can’t happen until we at least become A man or woman of God. What does that even mean? Part of the answer comes from the words just prior to that announcement – Moses was a pray-er. He had a direct and open communication line with God. Face to face when needed, but continual all the time. He was in touch and tuned in. That is foundational to becoming a man or woman of God – we have to be plugged in to the source of all knowledge and power and love and everything.
Moses teaches us through this prayer a few things. He begins with worship and adoration. Not an immediate jump into the list of things He wants God to do. He recalls God’s blessing and goodness and provision. He gives God credit for all He has done in the past, present and future. “Before the mountains….or….you had formed the earth….from everlasting to everlasting you are God”. Moses puts God where He belongs – on the throne of the universe. He calls out the reality that man is dust and that God sees the past but knows the future.
Moses acknowledges that God is holy and that there are standards we must follow. He brings up the reality of sin and our iniquities and that the end of those things is anger and wrath. He calls out God’s role as the judge and punisher of evil. We need to have confession as part of our prayer life. We sin, each and every one of us, and prayer is an important part of getting that straightened out with God. We need to come humbly before the Father and admit where we have missed the mark, confess, and repent. That is how we are forgiven – when we confess and believe that Jesus has taken our sin on Himself and set us free.
Moses continues with some asks. I love the things he asks for – not little things that are not life changing – but big requests believing in God’s power:
- “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom
- Have pity on your servants
- Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days
- Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us
- Let your work be shown to your servants
- your glorious power to their children
- Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us
- establish the work of our hands upon us”
That is praying for the home run. o small requests about the pressing issues of the day. Moses is asking for the fences – his supplication is not only for himself but for his people. He is seeking God’s favor and response for the ages. Oh that we would learn to pray this way, and become a man or woman of God. Prayer is a key element – we need to get before our God and spend the time to connect!