Mid-Week Musings - Psalm 90
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:1-2, NIV)
Disruption – this is a word being used to describe the changes that are happening so rapidly to life following the outbreak of the corona virus. Disruption to work, study, events, relationships, holidays, shopping and, for us, church life. How are you coping?
If you are troubled, confused, anxious or tired, you are not alone. And you are in our prayers.
Psalm 90, designated as being a psalm of Moses, is a word of wisdom for people whose lives have been disrupted – people just like us. The situation that we find ourselves in is completely unfamiliar. Moses had a history of major life disruptions, right from birth. Later he went from living in the court of Pharaoh to being a fugitive in the wilderness. He went from being a shepherd in the wilderness to being summoned by God to lead the Israelites. He went from being the successful leader during Israel’s escape to a frustrated leader at his people’s disobedience and fear. He went from the glory of anticipating the promised land to being denied entrance to the promised land.
What did Moses learn in all that? He learnt to see God as the faithful, everlasting, ever-present One. In all the wilderness experiences, God dwelt with his people. Moses was able to reflect on a life of major disruption and recognise that God remained faithful and continued to lead him and his people. Of course, this was not without suffering. Moses came to recognise the fragility of life and the importance of each day. Each day is a day that God establishes. The final verse of the psalm concludes;
May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands. (v17)
May God make these days of disruption count. In disrupted work, disrupted study, disrupted families, disrupted connections and disrupted plans, may the favour of the Lord our God rest on us.