This Psalm is both beautiful and powerful. It was written by Moses. Most of us realize what a tough assignment he was given. His job was to lead Israel out of Egypt and into the promised land. God promised He'd lead the way. Sounds simple right? I can understand some of what Moses felt. In many of my jobs it wasn't the work itself that drove me crazy, most of the time it was the people. God provided mana and the people wanted meat. God provided quail and the people wanted beef. I'd design a web site for usability and a VP wanted a design that was snazzy like a football... Oy! Of course my work usually required management approval. Moses needed God's approval. People are pretty much the same, as is God.
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.
The following verses reminded me of a cute story. A man was talking to God and he said, "God is it true a day to You is like a thousand years? And a million dollars is like a penny?"
God answered, "Yes it is."So the man asked, "Can I have a penny?"
And God answered, "In a minute."
His timing is perfect. But it's not like our timetable. To us, our lives seem long, we have all the time in the world. But to God it's like a moment. Yet each of us are as important to Him today as they were in Moses' day. Even after all these years we still see His miracles through prayer and in the world around us.
4 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.
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.
I have verse 12 on my bulletin board. It's so important to seize the day, to not let our moments pass by without realizing. Today is really all we have. Yesterday is over, and tomorrow isn't here. We don't have control over either. Just today.
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.
11 Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
These verses also come to mind. Here's how Jesus said it,Matt 6:34 "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.