Psalm 90

Psalm 90 contains words that Moses prayed.  That doesn’t mean Moses wrote the psalm, but that it contains words he used in prior books of the Bible in Genesis and Deuteronomy.  The psalmist begins by reminding us that God is faithful and has been since the beginning of time.  “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”.  God never changes.  He has always been faithful and will contine to be so forever.

In this psalm, there are three different words used for God: Lord, LORD and God. They are different Hebrew words.

  • Verses 1 and 17, there is the word Lord. This means “master”, someone with authority. It translates the Hebrew word “Adonai”
  • Verse 13, there is LORD, with 4 capital letters. This translates “Yahweh” or “Jehovah”. It means “I am”. This tells us that God is always alive.
  • Verses 2 and 17, there is the word God. This translates “Elohim”. It is a plural word; it means “the powerful rulers that have authority”.

God is the center of the psalm.  He is in control and the One who has always been and will always be.

We are reminded that life is short.  Our days are numbered and we will soon face the reality of death.  “For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday….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”.  We tend to avoid thinking and talking about death.  But the reality is that we will all face it, sooner than later, and we need to be sure we are ready.

When we stand before God, we will have to give an account.  Our only hope is to have the blood of Christ to cover our sin.  “You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence”.  We won’t be able to duck and run.  We’ll stand there completely transparent and falling short of His standard on our own.  Our only hope is faith in Jesus.  So what do we do?  The psalmist is clear – we have to get ready.  “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom”.  Now is the time to realize that death is real and on the way, and with that will come an appointment to stand before the Creator of the universe to give account for how we have lived.  On our own, we miss the mark.  With faith in Christ and the covering of His blood, we will be white as snow!

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