Psalm 90 (NKJV)
1 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
-We never have and never could be in a place where we were not totally dependent upon what the Lord God has made.
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.
–God always was in His greatness. God is above time; He created it for man. God is not dependent upon anyone including ourselves!
3 You turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
–We started off as dust and shall return to such. God put us together, but we keep thinking we are more than what God has assembled. Time will tell!
4 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.
–God is beyond time; but we are bound in time. Our lives are as a brief second to Him.
5 You carry them away like a flood;
They are like a sleep.
In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
6 In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
In the evening it is cut down and withers.
— Man’s hard work will be all washed away like a flood. No more remembrance. Comes and goes like a flower that blooms for one day.
7 For we have been consumed by Your anger,
And by Your wrath we are terrified.
–God’s anger is upon us even as we are part of creation and have been cursed. Death chases the life in our bodies. We are frail and keep afloat only by God’s grace. Without it, we would perish in an instant.
8 You have set our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
–We might hide our sin before man but not before God. Each sin, every thought or action is all exposed before our Creator and our rebellion judged.
9 For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
We finish our years like a sigh.
–We might still be young in spirit but our real age reflects God’s coming judgment upon our bodies. Our systems start malfunctioning. Movement becomes painful rather than exhilarating.
10 The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
–Our days are numbered. Long life is a joke. Life only seems long to the young. Those who are older know life is astonishingly brief.
11 Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
–We forget, ignore and look for distraction from the signs of God’s judgment upon our lives. We are oblivious to what is so obvious.
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
–Wisdom comes only when we see the value of our days. We can value our days only when we know they are limited in number.
13 Return, O Lord!
And have compassion on Your servants.
–We need relief from God’s judgment. We seek help from Him.
14 Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
–True life comes from Him. In the midst of destruction, God brings love and favor all of our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
–Only the Lord can make us glad in the midst of this hard and evil world. Let us ask Him for this thankful heart!
16 Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
–Since our lives are so short, we want to pass our blessing of knowing God and His work on to our 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.
–A fulfilling life starts with the Lord’s favor. He alone can make what we do valuable. In a sense, our work is nothing to Him, but He can establish it through His strength.