The Numbers Psalms
Psalms of our pilgrimage on earth
God, the Eternal
A prayer of Moses, God’s prophet
1Lord, you have always been our eternal home,
our hiding place from generation to generation.
2Long before you gave birth to the earth
and before the mountains were born,
you have been from everlasting to everlasting,
the one and only true God.
3When you speak the words “Life, return to me!”
man turns back to dust.
4One thousand years pass before your eyes
like yesterday that quickly faded away,
like a night’s sleep soon forgotten.
5-6One day we will each be swept away into the sleep of death.
We glide along through the tides of time—
so quickly gone, like a dream that fades at dawn.
Like glistening grass that springs up one day
and is dry and withered the next, ready to be cut down!
7Terrified by your anger, confined beneath the curse,
we live our lives knowing your wrath.
8For all of our faults and flaws are in full view to you.
Everything we want to hide, you search out
and expose by the radiance of your face.
9We are banished to live in the shadow of your anger.
Our days soon become years until our lifetime comes to an end,
finished with nothing but a sigh.
10You’ve limited our life span to a mere seventy years,
yet some you give grace to live still longer.
But even the best of years are marred by tears and toils,
and in the end with nothing more than a gravestone in a graveyard!
We’re gone so quickly, so swiftly;
we pass away and simply disappear.
11Lord, who fully knows the power of your passion
and the intensity of your emotions?
12Help us to remember that our days are numbered,
and help us to interpret our lives correctly.
Set your wisdom deeply in our hearts
so that we may accept your correction.
13Return to us again, O God!
How much longer will it take until you show us
your abundant compassion?
14Let the sunrise of your love end our dark night.
Break through our clouded dawn again!
Only you can satisfy our hearts,
filling us with songs of joy to the end of our days.
15We’ve been overwhelmed with grief;
come now and overwhelm us with gladness.
Replace our years of trouble with decades of delight.
16Let us see your miracles again, and let the rising generation
see the glorious wonders you’re famous for.
17O Lord our God, let your sweet beauty rest upon us
and give us favor.
Come work with us, and then our works will endure,
and give us success in all we do.