Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:52; Psalm 90
Moses is an example to us in many ways. Today we find an example he has set for us in prayer, whether you realized it or not, Moses wrote a Psalm and it is Psalm 90. It is a prayer to God.
The Psalm rightfully starts out with two verses of praise and adoration to the Lord. It is always good to begin our prayers with the recognition of who God is and what he has done.
Psalm 90:1 –2 NLT
1 Lord, through all the generations
you have been our home!
2 Before the mountains were born,
before you gave birth to the earth and the world,
from beginning to end, you are God.
The Psalm then goes into a section that is set as a form of confession. In this section Moses appropriately places man and his failings in light of the Lord’s righteousness and justice.
Psalm 90:3 – 9 NLT
3 You turn people back to dust, saying,
“Return to dust, you mortals!”
4 For you, a thousand years are as a passing day,
as brief as a few night hours.
5 You sweep people away like dreams that disappear.
They are like grass that springs up in the morning.
6 In the morning it blooms and flourishes,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
7 We wither beneath your anger;
we are overwhelmed by your fury.
8 You spread out our sins before you—
our secret sins—and you see them all.
9 We live our lives beneath your wrath,
ending our years with a groan.
Now having praised and adored the Lord and having confessed our unworthiness underneath God’s righteousness, Moses then goes on to petition for those that will follow, that includes you and I. What is Moses prayer for us?
He wants God to help us grow in wisdom – specifically to understand how brief life is. There is more to our existance than our time on this earth. If that is true, then we have to make life choices that will last for eterniity, not just for temporal / experiential pleasure.
A request for WISDOM Psalm 90:10 – 12 NLT
10 Seventy years are given to us!
Some even live to eighty.
But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble;
soon they disappear, and we fly away.
11 Who can comprehend the power of your anger?
Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.
12 Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
so that we may grow in wisdom.
Moses then goes into a quick list of things he wants the Lord to do for us:
Psalm 90:13 – 17 NLT
13 O Lord, come back to us!
How long will you delay?
Take pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
15 Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!
Replace the evil years with good.
16 Let us, your servants, see you work again;
let our children see your glory.
17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval
and make our efforts successful.
Yes, make our efforts successful!
Moses asks on our behalf:
- Lord come back to us.
- Lord take pity on us your servants.
- Lord satisfy us.
- Lord give us gladness.
- Lord replace evil with good.
- Lord les us see your work.
- Lord show us your approval.
- Lord make our efforts successful.
How blessed we would be if Moses’ prayers were answered. This is a worthy prayer for us today. Can’t we also pray this prayer for those around us? For those that will follow us? For those in or family? for those in our churches? For those in our neighborhoods? For those at our job sites? How we pray it for the world?