Reading: Psalm 90: 1-6 and 13-17
Verse Two: From everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Today’s Psalm begins by establishing God as the dwelling place of humanity. Ever since God walked with Adam and Eve at the beginning, God has been present to His people. The psalmist then turns to the eternal nature of God. Before creation, God already was. He writes, “From everlasting to everlasting you are God”. These opening verses paint a picture of God’s eternal nature, inspiring awe and praise from us, His creations.
In the next verses, the psalmist turns to our reality – the shortness of life. It is an interesting comparison when set next to God’s everlasting nature. We are reminded that man quickly turns back to dust. This quickness applies equally to a newborn as well as to one passing at 100. To God, a thousand years in our counting is “like a day that has just gone by” for God. For an unimaginable amount of time, God has been. Then we are each born and then quickly gone, almost as if in a flash. And then, if one has been faithful, we join God in the continuing walk into eternity. We will then dwell with God forever.
The psalmist then returns to the present. He calls on God for compassion and to experience God’s unfailing love. Our time may indeed be relatively short, but the psalmist wants it to be filled with God’s presence. He seeks a balance of glad days with the afflicted days, acknowledging that life brings its ups and downs. The Psalm closes with a request for God’s favor and for God to bless the works of our hands. As Moses writes these words, looking back over a life that was certainly filled with both times of trial and times of God’s presence and blessings, he surely has the confidence that God has been with him and has been active in his life. It is because of this confidence that Moses rests secure in his eternal destination.
Whether our days are numbered in the single digits or in scores of years, we too yearn for the assurance that we will spend forever with God. We gain this assurance just as Moses did – keeping a steady faith in God through it all, turning to God over and over, and trusting in God’s constant presence with us. It is our daily walk that leads into our eternal walk. May both be fully with God.