Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God. (Psalms 90:2 New Living Translation)
I have always been fascinated with the universe. Recently I have noticed a commercial on PBS stating that the universe has no boundaries, or center. On certain PBS programs I have heard scientists describe the universe as being eternal. But is it? Of course it’s not. The universe and all that’s in it has boundaries and a beginning. The reason some scientists describe the universe in such details is because the magnitude of the universe is mind-boggling. The enormity of the universe is beyond anything we can know or even imagine. Another reason some scientists need to describe the universe in such terminology is because there is no natural explanation for its existence. Either the matter the universe it is made up of is eternal, or there has to be something or someone outside of the universe that is eternal and has the ability to create something out of nothing. Ps 90:2 tells us that someone is God.
Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses made sometime during the wilderness wanderings. In this prayer Moses makes some amazing statements.
In verse 1 Moses says, “Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!” That is true not only of the nation Israel, but of all mankind. There has never been a person who has lived outside of God. There has never been a moment of anyone’s life that has been without His power and knowledge. Everything there is and ever will be is within the realm of God.
As Moses continues in his prayer, he compares man to God. In vs. 10 he says, “Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.” Though a man may live to be what we call a ‘Senior Citizen’, what is that compared to the eternality of God? What is even eighty years of life compared to ‘everlasting’? Eighty years is less than a moment compared to eternity.
With this realization, Moses prays in vs. 12, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Help us Lord to realize how short our time on this earth is, and to use that time wisely. How might we use our short time more wisely? In the remainder of his prayer, Moses makes at least four very important requests.
1. Help us to be satisfied with You. “Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,…” (vs. 14) Rather than letting a moment of misery rob from us the preciousness of this life, let us be satisfied each day with God’s unfailing love.
2. Help us each day to sing for joy. “Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.” (vs. 14) From now to the end of our mortal lives, let us fill each day with a song of joy. Perhaps the best medicine for this moment of misery would be to sing our way into eternity.
3. Let us see how You are working in our lives. “Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.” (vs. 16) Let us look each day for Your presence and Your power. Let us be struck with awe each day as we see the eternal God moving in our midst.
4. Help our efforts to bring You glory. “And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!” (vs. 17) What greater thing could man hope to accomplish than to be in the center of God’s eternal will and to bring Him glory by our mortal efforts?
Although life is temporary, it has eternal importance. Because it is but a few fleeting moments, each moment is all the more precious. Each of us should carefully consider how we are going to live each day. Either we can selfishly waste it by focusing only upon ourselves, or we can eternally invest it by living for the glory of our Creator. “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”