Preparing for Eternity

Psalm 90

Psalm 90

1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

10 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.

11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

17 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.


Outline

Moses Prayer for Mercy
Psalm 90 with Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in Heaven

Our home is in God, Psalm 90:1

For generations God's people find a home in God, Psalm 90:1

Hallowed Be Thy Name

God existed long before the Earth, Psalm 90:2

God created the World, Psalm 90:2

God will always be God, Psalm 90:2

Thy Kingdom Come

God controls the events of human life, Psalm 90:3

God turns people over for trouble, Psalm 90:3

God asks mankind to repent and follow Him, Psalm 90:3

Thy Will Be Done

Time passes quickly for God, Psalm 90:4

Events of life are but history to God, Psalm 90:4

Give Us this Day our Daily Bread

God will removes people suddenly, Psalm 90:5

People returns very quickly, Psalm 90:6

God's will impacts us directly, Psalm 90:7

Forgive Us our Debts as We Forgive

God confiscates and holds our sins, Psalm 90:8

God is emboldened by our secret sins, Psalm 90:8

Our time on earth passes quickly, Psalm 90:9

Lead Us not into Temptation

Our time is very limited on earth, Psalm 90:10

God's anger is only partially felt, Psalm 90:11

Our time needs to be used to learn God's ways, Psalm 90:12

Deliver Us from Evil

We need God's blessing and presence, Psalm 90:13

God's bles1sing enables us to have joy, Psalm 90:14

God brings joy to balance sorrow, Psalm 90:15

For Thine is the Kingdom, Power, and Glory

We need to see God's working authority, Psalm 90:16

We need the power of God to be seen in us, Psalm 90:17

We need God to establish His glory in our work, Psalm 90:17


Photo

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An evodia plant, used for many medicinal uses for milennia. As the Psalm says, today the plant grows, but tomorrow it is cut and withers. The wreath is a crown of thorns made from this plant.

Sermon

Moses Prayer for Mercy

Psalm 90 with Matthew 6:9-13

This psalm was written by Moses, a man that God talked to on a regular basis. It was written when the adult Israelites were rapidly dying and being buried. Although Moses was older than the rest, he was seeing men a fraction of his age die, simply because they refused to follow God and trust Him with their lives.

There is much written on this psalm, so we chose to use the Lord's Prayer as the outline for a different way to examine the message here. The result serves as a definition to the Lord's Prayer, enabling us to see a second example prayer and song that was constructed as God would have us pray.

This psalm also begins the fourth book of the Psalms. It corresponds to the book of Numbers. The book of Numbers gives the census of when the Israelites left Egypt and again, before they entered the land of Canaan. As such, these Psalms cover the wilderness wandering, and it is fitting to begin this selection by the song of Moses.

Our Father in Heaven

Our home is in God

Psalms 90:1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

When we talk to our dads on earth, we talk to the one who lives in “our home.” The same is true when we pray: we talk to our Father in our real home. We are just strangers and pilgrims here. We will never feel “at home” in this earthly life because our home is in the New Jerusalem, where God sits on the throne and we live to serve God eternally.

The next Psalm starts with the promise that if we find our “home” in God, we will abide...

Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

So how do we dwell in heaven with God? We have to believe and testify to others of His indwelling presence.

1 John 4:15-16 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

For generations God's people find a home in God

Psalms 90:1 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

People are proud of their homeland and heritage. They love to know and talk about origin of their people, when they know about it. Christians are the same way. When they really come to believe their home is in Heaven, and that they are just the current generation of many others before them, they cannot keep quiet! They want to talk about their home and the testimony of those in their family who have gone before them.

Hallowed Be Thy Name

God existed long before the Earth

Psalms 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

In order to approach God in prayer and song, we have to understand the loftiness and preciousness of the name of God. His name and reputation exceeds all names and powers. It was God that existed long before any massive mountains were here.

God created the World

Psalms 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

There is nothing that exists that God did not create or form. The majesty of what we see and use all came from God.

God will always be God

Psalms 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

In the shifting sands of time and place, we long for something of permanence. Earthly families fragment and change, but our Heavenly family does not. It is the family of God, and it is eternal.

Thy Kingdom Come

God controls the events of human life

Psalms 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

Next we are told to pray for God's Kingdom to come to this earth. Part of that is in recognizing that God does control the events of this life but also seeing a real need for more interaction that can only come from a holy God and His people that are a part of His Kingdom.

God turns people over for trouble

Psalms 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

Much is said about prisons and jails being educational and a means of reforming the wayward person. The fact remains from thousands of years, the prison systems and penitentiaries do not reform, but instead harden.

England had at one time a very Christian oriented prison system, where the wardens and guards would make their criminals attend chapel services and pray, and teach them the Word of God. They had the men lead a very structured and disciplined life in hopes that when they were released the lifestyle of the prison would have become habitual and as such they would be productive citizens. But the fact was, that no matter how motivated the ex-convicts were, they returned within a month of their release.

The only thing that can change a man is when God is given full control of his life, and the desire of selfishness is replaced with holy living and a separation from the world and its evil influence.

God gives people a rough time in life so they will reform and give up their own way and seek the will of God instead. God allows sorrow and pain at the same time He calls. In other words, events of life are structured to draw us closer to God and His will.

God asks mankind to repent and follow Him

Psalms 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

God wishes that men everywhere would repent and come to Him for safety, blessing and guidance. He created us, and He alone knows what will make us happy and productive. We are like sheep, and simply are incapable of helping ourselves.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The problem is that man refuses to repent and would rather suffer the consequences.

Revelation 9:20-21 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Thy Will Be Done

Time passes quickly for God

Psalms 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

When talking of the pending doom that the wicked people of this earth are about to face, Peter mentions that just because it does not hit right now, does not mean that God is procrastinating. Time passes very quickly for God who lives eternally, than it does for us who have a very short life-span on this earth.

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Events of life are but history to God

Psalms 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

To a human being, the night passes quickly because one is sleeping. To the watchman however, the night drags on, and almost seems unending, as he makes rounds and keeps an eye on the safety of those in the town. Thus it is with God. To Him the seasons of our lives pass quickly, but to us, who are marching and watching the whole time, the time passes slowly, and we don't understand why God does not come roaring to our aid. But God is preparing to come roaring to our aid, and when He does, we will be glad He waited.

Give Us this Day our Daily Bread

God will removes people suddenly

Psalms 90:5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

The fact remains that people come and go rather quickly. There are here today and tomorrow they are gone. God did this to limit the evil any one person could do. When people used to live almost a 1000 years, the evil would be there too long, and do too much damage. Evil powers could establish themselves and hurt and destroy too much.

This also brings up an important point about our provision. Our lives are so fleeting, God has to provide daily for us, or we would all die prematurely.

People returns very quickly

Psalms 90:6  In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

School teachers get to see this every year. They live and work with a class for a year, and then the students move to another class and the relationship is forgotten, or nearly so. The trouble-making children are gone, as are the wonderful children. It is almost as if they were never there after a while. Then, the new year starts with a whole set of new faces. Very soon the trouble maker is replaced with a new face that acts as the one last year. The valuable student is replaced with another one that is such a blessing. And life goes on as usual. When the teacher tires of wrestling with the attitudes of the children, they retire or quit and another teacher fills their position, and the school goes on as if nothing had changed.

When we step back and view things in our lives from the standpoint of eternity, we find that our problems are usually quite petty and fleeting. We will soon be replaced with someone else with just the same types of problems, until the Lord finally comes and takes us to Heaven. But our prayers and concerns reach His ears and are filed as a reason for the Kingdom of Heaven to come.

God's will impacts us directly

Psalms 90:7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

When God pours out His wrath, we get burned up. The Israelites were wandering in the Sinai desert for 40 years because the people refused to obey God and march in and take the promised land. God's anger at the persistent rebellious attitude of the Israelites brought the penalty of death. It is true that we cannot afford to make God angry!

Forgive Us our Debts as We Forgive

God confiscates and holds our sins

Psalms 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

Just like a parent who gathers the evidence of the waywardness of their children to confront them and make them change, so God collects the sins we do and sets them as a high priority case to deal with immediately. We have no way to weasel out of the confrontation that is coming. He calls to us to make things right. We may hide as Adam and Eve in the Garden, but He still advances and demands we take heed to His call.

God is emboldened by our secret sins

Psalms 90:8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

Not even the secret sins are secret from God. He knows and wants to purge them away from us so we can be as described:

Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Our time on earth passes quickly

Psalms 90:9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

When we sin, our lives just run out quickly under the wrath of God. As such, our lives are completely dependent on God's daily provision. Without His forgiveness, we are finished. Now we find in the sample prayer of the Lord Jesus, that God will forgive us to the extent we turn in forgiveness to others and truly forgive them for their wrongs against us. There is always the penalty of sin that must be met, and the guilt of sin that will be carried through life, but these are to remind us of the importance of forgiving others, and thus removing the intensity of the penalty against us.

Lead Us not into Temptation

Our time is very limited on earth

Psalms 90:11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

God's power is directly relational to the amount of holy reverence we give to Him. The wicked have no reverence for God in action, and so experience and will endure the heaviness of God's wrath.

God's child that has a high and holy reverence for God and the things of God will not need much to “scare him straight” and back into the holy walk with God.

A large means to escape the huge tests of character is to always be in union with God and fellowship with His son.

God's anger is only partially felt

Psalms 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

This verse presents the difficulty of having so short a time to learn to be holy as God is, and the vastness of what we need to learn to reach any semblance of the goal. We simply do not have much time to waste. Every minute is one that cannot be replaced.

Our time needs to be used to learn God's ways

Psalms 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Deliver Us from Evil

We need God's blessing and presence

Psalms 90:13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

Because of the nature of evil and the consequences of sin, we learn to long for something far better, the return of our Savior. We also long that our schooling here be over soon, so we can have more time that is not so intensely filled with learning.

God's bles1sing enables us to have joy

Psalms 90:14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

There is a huge waste when a person does not learn of the mercy of God early in life. Those that wander in life and try to find their way are disposing of the most important part of life.

God brings joy to balance sorrow

Psalms 90:15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

This is something that only God can do. He can bring a real peace and joy to our lives, in spite of the evil about us, by teaching us to follow His leading in our lives and so minister to others as we could never have done on our own.

For Thine is the Kingdom, Power, and Glory

We need to see God's working authority

Psalms 90:16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

A vision of how things should be is vital to the zeal of the child of God. Without it, there is no learning or reason to learn. By seeing God's hand at work today, and seeing how things are to be in God's Kingdom later, we can begin to understand the purpose He has given to us.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

We need the power of God to be seen in us

Psalms 90:17 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.

This request is to enable us to begin working in the Kingdom of God now. It is a request that the glory of the Lord Jesus rest so completely upon us that we busy ourselves with the eternal work of establishing God's Kingdom eternally. This is the only work that will endure. Anything we do that is of this world is going to be destroyed, but spiritual work, remains an eternal value.

We need God to establish His glory in our work

Psalms 90:17 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.

 


Topic Study

Redeeming the Time

by Pastor Clinton Macomber

We need to learn from God of the brevity of life

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

We need to learn to listen to those who are wise

Proverbs 7:24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

We need to begin very early in life in following our Creator

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

We need to learn that marrying is not a high priority

1 Corinthians 7:29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

We need to learn to redeem time from evil days

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

We need to walk in the wisdom of God to redeem time

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

We need to remember to hold tight to the old faith

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.


Quote

Oh, satisfy us in the morning with thy mercy. (R.V.),
Ps. 90:14

by F.B. Meyer
copied from Our Daily Homily,
published by Pleasant Places Press, Redding CA

It was towards the close of the desert wandering that Moses wrote this sublime psalm, all the imagery of which is borrowed from the wilderness The watch around the camp-fire at night; the rush of the mountain flood; the grass that sprouts so quickly after the rain, and is as quickly scorched; the sigh of the wearied pilgrim (Psalm 90:9, R.V., marg.). As the old man looks back on life, he gives it as his experience that the heart which is satisfied with mercy in the morning, never fails to rejoice and be glad all its days.

There is no hour like that of morning prime for fellowship with God. If we would dare to wait before Him for satisfaction then, the filling of that hour would overflow into all other hours. A bright Christian lad, giving his brief testimony for Jesus recently, told his secret when he said that at hi conversion he trusted the Lord with his morning hour; and the way he spoke of it indicated the radiancy of the light that shone for him then.

Perhaps the morning of life was rather in Moses thought. If so, the old man has prepared a prayer in which successive generations of bright children may join. Young ones, do you want a glad and rejoicing life? Do you want to live by the welt that never dry up or freeze? Seek God’s mercy in Jesus Christ our Lord, and the day will never dawn when you will regret having made that choice: nay every day will be full of rejoicing gladness. I like that record of the holy Columba, at the end of his saintly life, “Angelic in appearance, graceful in speech, holy in work, beloved by all—for a holy joy ever beaming on his face revealed the joy and gladness with which the Holy Spirit filled his inmost soul.”


Devotions—Every Day with Jesus

Monday, Psalm 90:1-3 and 1 Corinthians 8:1-2

Only a fool thinks he is smart! When we begin to think we know better, we are due for an attitude correction. Only God knows everything and He alone is able to guide us and lead us. To get us to be willing to follow Him, He often has to allow us to experience disaster so we will return from it with a pure and humble heart.

Tuesday, Psalm 90:4-6 and 1 Corinthians 8:3-4

There is a problem with learning to live in a corrupt world, where actions speak louder than words, and a heavenly world, where righteousness is the standard. Here in the world, we may know that there really is nothing to the idolatry behind worldly practice, and so may not see any harm in what the world does. Furthermore, time flies and is somewhat meaningless in the scope of eternity. Yet, while we remain in the world, we are subject to the implications that our actions bring upon our witness to Christ. In seeking to demonstrate a holy life, it means we must abstain from certain practices in order to truly honor God.

Wednesday, Psalm 90:7-9 and 1 Corinthians 8:5-6

There is only one God that we serve and to whom we can be seen worshiping and honoring. Our God is jealous of our affections and love. Because He cares so much about us, He gets very angry when we turn away from Him to serve ourselves or some vain ideal. He cares very much about our actions and activities and deals with them as a loving parent does toward their child. To enjoy the blessings that are available, we must remain openly and secretly loyal to God alone.

Thursday, Psalm 90:10-12 and 1 Corinthians 8:7-8

Live on earth is a life that has to be lived in the midst of social and politically correct idealogical. Although we may know that some food is perfectly edible according to God's Word, there is a time when we must abstain from that food or desire because of the implications that another may reach. We have a responsibility for others, even our enemies, and their opinions. It is wrong to do something that would incite needless conflict.

Friday, Psalm 90:13-15 and 1 Corinthians 8:9-10

Christians are notoriously selfish in America where they have learned to seek comforts and self-interests. However, this life is not meant to be easy, or free of stress, trials, and suffering. In fact, man is born to endure trouble. A man is on who stands firmly and resolutely honorable in the face of insurmountable troubles. This is why we beg God's mercy so that our suffering is limited to our endurance levels and that He comes soon to spare us a seemingly endless chain of grief. The reward of endurance and patience is being able to be truly glad at what God does, and an awareness of His hand in this world and our lives.

Saturday, Psalm 90:16-17 and 1 Corinthians 8:11-13

It is the fleeting moments when we make moment by moment decisions that have either an eternal impact or a disgrace. In order for God to establish our actions, we need to learn to do things implicitly according to the will and instruction of God, considering all aspects of our actions and activities. Reducing choice to “what do you want” is extremely dangerous, unless it is “what does God want and how will it impact those that may see it?”


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