Psalm 90 The Eternality of God: Lesson Five, Part 2
In the first part of our last lesson, we began working our way through eight specific requests that Moses asked of the Lord as he finished Psalm 90. Yesterday, we looked at the first three: Lord, help us to fear You, teach us to number our days and have pity on us. Today we will cover the last five and close out this glorious chapter on the Eternality of God and the death of His saints. Let’s pick up right where we left off...
4. Satisfy us with Your steadfast love. Verse 14 poses one of the most precious requests in scripture, Lord, “satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love.” Essentially, do the thing for us that we cannot do for ourselves. I love the complete humility and weakness on display here! Beloved, we have the benefit of living after the cross. Oh that we would take the provision of Jesus and apply it every single day! And not just daily but early. We need to be satisfied every morning. When you eat breakfast it sustains you. You eat it because your hunger needs to be satisfied. We are fed and sustained on the word of God in the morning and it carries us through our day.
Then Moses qualifies this satisfaction. He says, we are satisfied with His steadfast love. I have meditated on this adjective “steadfast”. Literally, God’s unfailing love. As women we love a good love story. We love the thought of a love that lasts a lifetime. We are onto terms like “soul mate”. I believe this is a term that expresses our deep desire for someone to know us fully and yet love us forever. However, we know that human love has its limits. I have no doubt that my husband loves me but I test him and his love. There may be a point where his love for me ends. Often times it is hard for us to be completely vulnerable and open with people because we fear if they really know us they will not love us anymore.
But Ladies, remember verse eight? God knows us, ALL of us and yet He loves us with an unfailing love. Why? Why would He love me knowing the ugliest parts of me? Because He isn’t looking at me and all of my ugliness. He is looking at the perfection of His Son. He’s looking at Jesus in my place. This is why His love never fails because His love isn’t dependent on me but on Himself. And He is steadfast and unfailing in all His ways. Do you see the amazingness of grace here? He knows us completely and He loves us in Christ despite ourselves. His love for us has nothing to do with us and this is why it satisfies!!
5. We rejoice and are glad all our days. The latter part of verse 14 is simply the product of the previous request. When we are satisfied in the morning by the steadfast love of God then we will rejoice and be glad all of our days. Moses is saying, “Lord, satisfy us in the morning and this will be the result! We need to be reminded of this each and every day so that we can rejoice and be glad all our days - this is good news! It is THE good news.
6. Balance the good and the bad days. This is a paraphrase of what is actually being said in verse 15. I certainly pray that the Lord will grace me with good days to balance out the bad, don’t you? After 38 long years of wandering in the wilderness, Moses was hopeful in his petition that the Lord grant them some good days ahead. One of my favorite verses in scripture speaks to this very theme from Ps. 27:13, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
7. Show us and the generations to come your work and glorious power. If the Lord chooses to conceal or hide His work we will never see it. So, in verse sixteen, Moses prays that we might see the work of the Lord. That He would open the eyes of our hearts and reveal it by the power of His Holy Spirit. And not to us only, but to the generations to come.
Is that your prayer? It is a gift of grace for us to see the work of the Lord but it should be our deepest desire that God continues to reveal Himself to the next generation. When I am no longer here to tell my children when we rise, when we walk by the way, when we sit and when we lie down, the mighty works and glorious power of the Lord, I pray He would let His work be shown for as long as He tarries.
8. Show us your favor by establishing the work of our hands. Moses’ last request, from verse seventeen, is that the favor of the Lord would be upon the people and that the work of their hands would be established. And this is so important to him that he echoes it once more as he ends, “Yes, establish the work of our hands.” The word establish connotes “a lasting effect” or eternal significance.
I imagine after 40 years in the wilderness, the wilderness that Exodus calls, the wilderness of Sin, Moses wanted to make sure that their lives counted for something. That those years weren’t just wasted waiting for people to die but that in the midst of the consequences of the curse, there was some lasting effect, some eternal significance.
There are many wilderness days for us. Indeed, our Savior spent 40 days in the wilderness. Those days might have seemed like wasted days. Days spent fasting, suffering and being tempted. Directly following the glory of His baptism where the favor and Spirit of the Lord rested on Him, He was LED into the desert. LED. Don’t miss that. He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, just like the Israelites, and He was tempted, yet without sin. Those days served as the precursor to Jesus’ earthly ministry. Immediately, upon leaving the desert, He began preaching and proclaiming the kingdom of God and His Father established the work of His hands!
No days are wasted days. No years are wasted years. Every day that the Lord has made has significance and value and purpose for His kingdom whether you are in the wilderness, changing a diaper or running the nation. Every day is the day the Lord has made, “let us rejoice and be glad in it!” He has purposes to establish the work of your hands. Every. Single. Day.
As we close out our study of Psalm 90, let’s think about how this scripture informs our lives; how it teaches us to LIVE yesterday, today and tomorrow. First, we look back on yesterday and we are reminded how quickly this thing is going! We learn to number our days. We are mindful of the fact that our lives are a dash (from DOB to DOD), literally lived in between two points in time. And the dash is brief, very brief. We have no guarantee how long the dash is for us. We aren’t guaranteed 70 or 80 years. We aren’t even guaranteed another day. But we are guaranteed that God is eternal, His love is steadfast and because of Jesus we do not need to fear death.
Second, we rejoice and are grateful IN the dash. Today, we are at peace knowing we do not need to be anxious over our days or the days of those around us. We are grateful because “This is the day the Lord has made, (good or bad) we will rejoice and be glad in it!” He has made it, our times are in His hands and His thoughts for us are only good. Therefore, we overflow with hearts of gratitude.
Lastly, we live the dash for what comes after tomorrow. We live with eternity in our minds, informing our choices and decisions each and every day. We live as David Brooks says, “a eulogy rather than a resume.” We live based on what comes after us, the work that will be established and lasting rather than who we are. No one is reading the resume after the dash. We don’t laminate copies of our loved ones resumes and put them in our Bibles when they are gone. But our eulogy is the testimony that lives on. Let’s write our testimony with lives that are mindful of the reality of our death in light of the precious Eternal Savior we serve who has taken away the sting of death and swallowed it up in victory. In VICTORY! What a God!
Father, today and every day that you graciously spare our lives, may this Psalm be one written on our hearts! We praise You that You have been our dwelling place in all generations and that from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Lord, help us to consider the power of your wrath and learn to rightly fear you. Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Return and have pity on us all of our days, whether they be many or few. Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love that we may rejoice and be glad. Grant us good days for the bad days we have seen. Reveal to us and the generations to come your marvelous works and your glorious power. And let the favor of the Lord our God, in Jesus Christ, be upon us and establish the work of our hands. Yes, establish the work of our hands! Amen.