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(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.

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.

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.

Commentary for Psalms 90

The eternity of God, the frailty of man. (1-6) Submission to Divine chastisements. (7-11) Prayer for mercy and grace. (12-17)

1-6 It is supposed that this psalm refers to the sentence passed on Israel in the wilderness, #Nu 14|. The favour and protection of God are the only sure rest and comfort of the soul in this evil world. Christ Jesus is the refuge and dwelling-place to which we may repair. We are dying creatures, all our comforts in the world are dying comforts, but God is an ever-living God, and believers find him so. When God, by sickness, or other afflictions, turns men to destruction, he thereby calls men to return unto him to repent of their sins, and live a new life. A thousand years are nothing to God's eternity: between a minute and a million of years there is some proportion; between time and eternity there is none. All the events of a thousand years, whether past or to come, are more present to the Eternal Mind, than what was done in the last hour is to us. And in the resurrection, the body and soul shall both return and be united again. Time passes unobserved by us, as with men asleep; and when it is past, it is as nothing. It is a short and quickly-passing life, as the waters of a flood. Man does but flourish as the grass, which, when the winter of old age comes, will wither; but he may be mown down by disease or disaster.

7-11 The afflictions of the saints often come from God's love; but the rebukes of sinners, and of believers for their sins, must be seen coming from the displeasure of God. Secret sins are known to God, and shall be reckoned for. See the folly of those who go about to cover their sins, for they cannot do so. Our years, when gone, can no more be recalled than the words that we have spoken. Our whole life is toilsome and troublesome; and perhaps, in the midst of the years we count upon, it is cut off. We are taught by all this to stand in awe. The angels that sinned know the power of God's anger; sinners in hell know it; but which of us can fully describe it? Few seriously consider it as they ought. Those who make a mock at sin, and make light of Christ, surely do not know the power of God's anger. Who among us can dwell with that devouring fire?

12-17 Those who would learn true wisdom, must pray for Divine instruction, must beg to be taught by the Holy Spirit; and for comfort and joy in the returns of God's favour. They pray for the mercy of God, for they pretend not to plead any merit of their own. His favour would be a full fountain of future joys. It would be a sufficient balance to former griefs. Let the grace of God in us produce the light of good works. And let Divine consolations put gladness into our hearts, and a lustre upon our countenances. The work of our hands, establish thou it; and, in order to that, establish us in it. Instead of wasting our precious, fleeting days in pursuing fancies, which leave the possessors for ever poor, let us seek the forgiveness of sins, and an inheritance in heaven. Let us pray that the work of the Holy Spirit may appear in converting our hearts, and that the beauty of holiness may be seen in our conduct.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 90

  • Nicole page on Psalms 90:10
    "if by reason of strength 80 years" this tells me that those who have strength in faith that endure to the end of tribulation would make the 80 year mark. 80 years from Israel becoming a nation May 14th 1948 is 2028. "for it is soon cut off, and we fly" says to me that the harpazo/rapturo/rapture will occur before may 14th 2021 if it is pre tribulation like I believe. the second coming would be sometime before may 14th 2028.
  • P T Jones on Psalms 90
    Every verse has some prophetic relations. My understanding to the verse is this. Moses is a prophet and he wrote it for the children of God in the last generation, ie to us. In Matthew 24:34 - our Lord Jesus says Verily l say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things fulfilled. Before that He in verse 32 tells a parable. Now, learn a parable of fig tree: When his branch is yet tender: and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near :even at the doors. Matthew 24:33. In these last days Israel reborn in 1948 May 14 and attained 70 year old in 2018. Fig tree is metaphor of Jewish nation.
  • John L - in Reply on Psalms 90
    How do we know that the time of Israel's establishment didn't start in 1967?
  • Robert DeHaan on Psalms 90
    I so love the Psalms because David s is given to writing that which is from the mind of our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray this day that the Holy Spirit will continue to help me know the mind of Christ in the Psalms. Lord, keep my mind stayed on You every day and every night. Find us faithful O Lord as we await Jesus soon return.
  • BSP on Psalms 90
    Verse 12~To count the days means more than just checking them off or becoming obsessed with how long we may live. We need to use our days in a worthwhile way that brings honor to Jehovah.
  • Mae Butler - in Reply on Psalms 90
    How would you summarize verse 90 in a short prayer. It is powerful.
  • A disciple on Psalms 90
    Moses asked the LORD if he could see His glory. David panted and thirsted for the Living God, longing for the day he could come and appear before God. Paul felt that as long as he is here; though it would be a good thing for the building up and confirming of the Saints; he was "away from home" being still here on earth. These things are Spirit inspired understanding of the eternal and the true.
  • A disciple on Psalms 90
    "For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told." Moses lived to be 120 years old. Abraham lived to 175. Some from the world of the beginning lived over 900 years. But while many stumble at the idea that God is able to let a man live for so long; what about all the long years of trouble and sorrow, toil and sweat, as it were banished far away from God?
  • BSP on Psalms 90
    Verse 10: This shows how precious life is because we only have a few years on this earth. We should try to make the most of each day and live a life full of devotion and service to Jehovah God.
  • Faith kyeveo on Psalms 90
    am just getting the challenge right,,,that i should cherish every day that God gives to me because it could be the last...its never a guarantee that i will be alive tomorrow


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The ancient psalm 90 was recorded as whose prayer?
  • Abraham's
  • Moses'
  • Noah's
  • David's
  • Samuel's