¶ <<A Prayer of Moses the man of God.>> Lord, thou hast been
our dwelling place in all generations.
.2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
.4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
6 In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
- Dwelling place From ma'on. See de2615,
9 below. What a magnificent concept and promise!
2 - Before ... mountains ... This means, before the creation of this earth ge0101. In our day of professional skeptics, we are told that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are like ancient folklore. Here, more solid than the mountains, are the creative acts of God.
2 - Everlasting We cannot understand someone without a beginning or ending, and we don't have to. We can know God by His works and His word and simply trust Him. Also, ps12101. He has always existed. We can't understand this because it does not relate to our time understanding. This is where we trust. We can trust only the Scriptures. Speculation leads us in a path of doubt. de2929.
| 7 ¶ For we
are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.
.8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
.9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
.10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
| 9 -
passed Contrast between a life history and the time it takes
to tell the story of it. God is different v2.
10 - Days of our years In contrast to the infinite time of God in v9.
| 12 ¶ So teach
us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.
.17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
15 - Happiness from affliction.
16 - Thy work appear the attitude of the sanctified one. We can bring light and happiness to others. In so doing we glorify God in their eyes. mt 25b40.
The happy ending.