Psalm 90 – A Prayer of Moses the man of God

Published September 6, 2023 by Rev. Pete Van't Hoff in Devotions

At Psalm 90, we begin Book Four of the Psalms with Moses. This is the only Psalm ascribed to him. We know of his divine calling from the book of Exodus. We understand the difficulties he faced while leading God’s people through the wilderness from the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy. Psalm 90 captures the essence of his calling and his work.

Firstly, Moses calls God out as the foundation of all things.

1 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,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

And then, he summarizes the entirety of our existence in one verse and it bears our consideration.

You turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.”

By this, we understand that God has ordained our trials and woes. It also means, however, that by His command, we shall be saved from them. And Moses sings,

13 Return, O Lord!
How long?
And have compassion on Your servants.
14 Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
15 Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
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.

The command has been given, and Jesus Christ has heard it. Our deliverance is found in Him. Let us pray.

Dear Lord and heavenly Father,

Blessed be Your holy name. You have saved us from our sins. Such a work has delivered us from Your wrath. Such a work has established righteousness in Your sight. Such a work is manifested in Jesus name, for the sake of Your People and worked in us by the Holy Spirit. All this glorifies You. Turn our hearts to this understanding. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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