God’s Eternity, My Present
God of this place and every place, Sovereign of this time and all time, Lord of the here and now, I praise You.
Read PSALM 90:1-17
 Psalms 90–106 A prayer of Moses the man of God.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Three things are revealed in this psalm; God’s sovereignty (1-6), God’s wrath (7-12), and God’s love (13-17). The latter is manifested in satisfying love (14a), recompensing joy (14b,15), and meaningful labor (17)” (Ray C. Stedman).
A speck of dust in the universe, a blink of the eye in time. The immensity of the cosmos in space and time can lead to a feeling of personal insignificance, even less than that of a blade of grass (5,6)! What a difference is made when we see beyond the universe to the Creator who gave it all birth (2), and when the Lord has become “our dwelling place” (1), the place of rest and security (Psa. 71:3; 91:9). My early work was in nuclear physics research, and I have often reflected in awe that efforts to understand the formation of stars and galaxies involve the physics of the nucleus: the greatest and tiniest processes imaginable come together in the total picture.
Even more amazing is that it is not an impersonal force or energy binding it all, but in Christ we see “Hands that flung stars into space / To cruel nails surrendered” (Graham Kendrick). We see the Creator God acting to reconcile sinful humans (7-9,11): we are not just dust (or grass). God’s involvement in human life means that we can pray confidently, “establish the work of our hands” (17).
The psalm’s association with Moses (see the title) reminds us that Moses dies before entering the Promised Land. We often come up short, in terms of time, intentions, and accomplishments—but God brought the people into the land. Our lives are caught up in God’s purposes, our time in God’s time. The psalm faces the reality of human finitude and sinfulness (3-11), but does not end there. There is forgiveness and life. The death and resurrection of Christ give a new dimension to our perception of ourselves and time. We can throw ourselves into the present God gives us, knowing that “your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58).
On this first Sunday of 2012, include in your prayer the thankful affirmation of vs. 1 and 2 and the petition of v. 17.
Lord God, You are the one who is, who was, and is to come. On this first day of the New Year, I surrender anew to You.