God is Great; I Am Not (Psalm 90)

The rare psalm of Moses is seen here in Psalm 90.  He offers a comparison between the eternity of God and the limited nature of man’s existence on earth.  He begins with the famous lines:

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.

Moses then describes a thousand years for man as being equal to one day.  He carries men away to their destruction like grass that is cut down and withers.  The sins of man are made known before God.  The days of man are limited to a promised seventy years, and he is lucky if he makes it to eighty.  Man should number his days and gain wisdom.  Moses then asks for the compassion of God on His servants in order to make them glad.  He sums up the psalm with this request:

16 Let Your work appear to Your servants,

And Your glory to their children.

17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,

And establish the work of our hands for us;

Yes, establish the work of our hands.

Moses praise of God’s power and rule over earth and man is well-informed.  Moses had spent time with God and was one of the few to actually speak with God directly.  His relationship with God was unique.  He interceded for man on many occasions, and this is just one of those many occasions.  Here we see the picture of a shepherd, a pastor, who longed for God to bless his people.  If a pastor or leader in the church keeps his or her eyes on God as the ultimate authority, then that leader will see the source of all that is good.  The pastor can then pray for God to be the source and strength for the people he serves.  Whether you are a pastor or a Sunday School teacher, or a small group leader, God is your source.  Be a vessel by which God can bless those to whom you have been blessed to serve.

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