Verse 1 – Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Verse 2 – Before the mountains were brought forth, or even You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
Verse 3 – You turn man to destruction, and say “Return, O children of men.”
Verse 4 – For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night.
2 Peter 3:8 – But, beloved do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Maybe that is why we think God is slow sometimes in answering our prayer. We have to also remember two things; God’s timing is perfect and He works all things out for our good! God is outside of time.
Verse 5 – You carry them away like a flood; they are like sheep. In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
Verse 6 – In the morning it flourishes and grows up; in the evening it is cut down and withers.
Verse 7 – For we have been consumed by Your anger, and by Your wrath we are terrified.
Verse 8 – You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
Nothing is ever really done in secret, God sees it all. However, when our sin is under Christ’ blood they are remembered no more. That doesn’t mean we continue in the same sin He has forgiven us for.
Hebrews 8:12 – “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Verse 9 – For all our days have passed away in Your wrath; we finish our years like a sigh.
Verse 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.
Perhaps Moses was referring to that generation that did not enter the promise land because they did not believe God. Most of them were adults at the time and were probably in their late 20’s or 30’s. So 40 years after that would put them in their 70′ or 80’s. It was only Caleb and Joshua and the next generation that got to enter the promise land.
Verse 11 – Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
Verse 12 – So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Do you set goals to reach before a certain age? Do they involve God’s Kingdom? We look at years of youth, like “I’ll always be young.” And before we know it we’ve turned 50 or 60. Did you accomplish what you set out to accomplish in your 20’s? Most of us didn’t . The only accomplishments that will matter at the end of anyone’s life, will be what was done for eternity. Great is the reward to those who remain faithful to the One True God – Jesus!
Verse 13 – Return, O Lord! How long? And have compassion on Your servants.
Verse 14 – Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
Verse 15 – Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us, and the years in which we have seen evil.
What would our lives be like without any trials or hardships. I think it would lead to an attitude of self-sufficiency. Would we even pray? I don’t think so. I’ve said this before, but I’ll repeat it: Some of the hardest people to reach and tell them about Christ, are the ones who have everything they need and want and don’t feel like they need God. Most Christians that I know came to Christ when their lives were falling apart and were in desperate situations that they or no one else could fix. When the Israelites were in the desert, they needed God for their very survival. He wants us to depend on Him and only Him.
Verse 16 – Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children.
Verse 17 – And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.
By establishing the work of our hands, it shows we do have a role in our provision. God will bless what we do, but He will also do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.