July 1, 2007
Psalms 90 - 95
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- (A Prayer of Moses the man of God.) Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
- Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
- Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
- For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
- Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
- In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
- For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
- Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
- For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
- The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
- Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
- So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
- Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
- O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
- Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
- Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
- And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
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- He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
- I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
- Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
- He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
- Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
- Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
- A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
- Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
- Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
- There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
- For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
- They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
- Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
- Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
- He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
- With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
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- (A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day.) It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:
- To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
- Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
- For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
- O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
- A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
- When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
- But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.
- For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
- But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
- Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.
- The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
- Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
- They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
- To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
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- The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved.
- Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.
- The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.
- The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
- Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever.
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- O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
- Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.
- LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?
- How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?
- They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage.
- They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
- Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
- Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?
- He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
- He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?
- The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.
- Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;
- That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked.
- For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
- But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
- Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
- Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.
- When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.
- In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.
- Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?
- They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
- But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
- And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.
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- O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
- Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
- For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
- In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
- The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
- O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
- For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
- Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
- When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
- Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
- Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
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James tells us in chapter 4, verse 14 of his epistle,
"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."
He warns about the brevity of life, and cautions men that they need to be prepared for the eventuality of death. In Psalm 90, Moses speaks to much the same issue. He opens the passage by discussing the character and benevolence of God. In verse 2 he points out that God was in existence with all of His attributes before the world was ever created. This pre-existent God then formed the universe, and will continue to exist throughout all eternity. However, He is not only the Eternal Creator, He is also the Constant Provider. For all generations He has been the dwelling place, the Source of comfort and necessities, for believers. He is, once again, seen to be worthy of praise because of Who He is and because of what He does.
Beginning in verse 3, Moses begins to discuss the brevity of life, particularly as it compares to the eternality of God. He opens this section by reminding men that their day of death is coming. Men are turned towards destruction, which simply means that they are eventually going to die. It may be next week, or it may be fifty years from now, but it is going to happen unless the Lord hastens His return. In verse 4 he once again points out the immenseness of God. He states that "a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night". In other words, God is so eternal and so great that a time period of one thousand years is of no more length to Him that a period of a night watch. This is very important for us to remember. We often expect the Lord to function on our time table. We forget that He is not bound by time and space. Jehovah is never seated in Heaven looking at His watch, for time means nothing to Him. Throughout history men have scoffed at the Lords' failure to return. Yet as far as Jehovah is concerned, Christ's ascension just happened a couple days ago.
In keeping with this idea, verses 5-6 indicate that man's days pass very quickly. They certainly pass quickly to a God Who views one thousand years as if it were a 48 hour period, but they also pass quickly for men themselves. A man's life is likened to grass growing. In the morning it grows; in the evening it is cut down and dies. Thus we see that a man's life passes very speedily. One moment he is at home with his parents, the next moment he is graduating from high school, the next moment he is getting married, a moment later he is attending his child's wedding, a moment after that he is retired, and the next moment he is in eternity. Time races by, even if we are fortunate enough to live a long life. Verse 10 states that a man can not expect much more than 70 years. Perhaps he will make 80 if he is particularly strong, but even so the years will be difficult, and they will ultimately come to a quick end. Thus, Moses asks the Lord in verse 12 to "teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom". We must remember that, since life is brief and death in certain, we must use every moment that we have in service to our Lord. Life is brief, so people need to get saved today. Time is short, so Christians need to evangelize today. Death is coming, so believers need to do right today. The day that my children leave my home is coming, so I had better hurry up and give them the time, love and instruction that they need to be spiritually successful.
I have no guarantee that I will be around tomorrow. I certainly have no guarantees for ten years from now. I need to start today to apply my heart, and my life, to the wisdom that comes from reading and obeying the Word of God.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery