BOOK FOUR: Psalms 90—106
The Eternity of God, and Man’s Frailty
A Prayer #Deut. 33:1of Moses the man of God.
1Lord, #(Deut. 33:27; Ezek. 11:16)You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2#Job 15:7; (Prov. 8:25, 26)Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
3You turn man to destruction,
And say, #Gen. 3:19; Job 34:14, 15“Return, O children of men.”
4#2 Pet. 3:8For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.
5You carry them away like a flood;
#Ps. 73:20They are like a sleep.
In the morning #Is. 40:6they are like grass which grows up:
6In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
In the evening it is cut down and withers.
7For we have been consumed by Your anger,
And by Your wrath we are terrified.
8#Ps. 50:21; (Jer. 16:17)You have set our iniquities before You,
Our #Ps. 19:12; (Eccl. 12:14)secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
9For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
We finish our years like a sigh.
10The 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.
11Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
12#Deut. 32:29; Ps. 39:4So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13Return, O Lord!
And #Ex. 32:12; Deut. 32:36have compassion on Your servants.
14Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
#Ps. 85:6That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
15Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
16Let #(Deut. 32:4); Hab. 3:2Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
17#Ps. 27:4And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And #Is. 26:12establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.