“A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by.” (Psalm 90:4)
The psalmist writes, “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endues” (Psalm 90:10)). This is a figurative way of saying that whatever age we live to, our lives on earth are indeed limited. our lifetimes are in the sovereign hands of a loving God. In the spiritual realm, however, we’re reminded of what “God time” really is: “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by.”
And in the person of Jesus Christ “life expectancy’ has been given a whole new meaning: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life” (John 3;36). “Has” is in the present tense right now, in our current physical moment of trouble and tears, our future is blessed, and our lifespan is limitless.
In this we rejoice and with the psalmist pray, “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14).
- What worries do you have about your life and its limits?
- How are you comforted by the presence of Jesus?
Loving God, sometimes this life is hard, but-even so-we sing for joy in Your provision for us. Satisfy us today with Your unfailing love.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death-they are like the new grass of the morning: In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered.
We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures, yet the best o them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. If only we knew the power of your anger! your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Moses’ authorship of Psalm 90, based on the superscription, makes it the oldest of the psalms whose authorship we know. In addition to this psalm, Moses is ascribed authorship of the first five books of the Bible-the Pentateuch or Torah-making him the most prolific Old Testament writer. Some scholars believe that the background to the writing of this psalm may have been Israel’s failure at Kadesh Barnea (Numbers 13-14), where they rejected the land of promise despite Joshua and Caleb’s glowing account of the magnificent new homeland God had promised them. That rejection resulted in the forty years of wilderness wanderings the Israelites endured.