Read: Psalm 90
Lord, through all the generations
you have been our home! Psalm 90:1
O LORD, come back to us!
How long will you delay?
Take pity on your servants! Psalm 90:13
And may the Lord our God show us his approval
and make our efforts successful.
Yes, make our efforts successful! Psalm 90:17
The crux of Psalm 90 has a very similar message to yesterday’s reading and devotion. Moses realizes what schmucks the Israelites are being – grumbling about being saved from Egypt and how hard their lives are – and he realizes that there is a limit to what God will tolerate. Psalm 90 is his reminder, to himself and to his people, that they better straighten up, and that their days are numbered. It’s a prayer begging God not to abandon them even though they’re schmucks. We should probably consider doing the same. Daily.
Now to the focus verses. I found it interesting in this passage that Moses uses three different names for God. We’ve come across this in past readings… surely I’m not the only one who ever wondered why it appears “Lord” sometimes, and other times “LORD.” He also uses the word “God.” What’s the difference? Let’s take a look.
Verse 1 reads, “Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!”
This “Lord” comes from the Hebrew word “Adonai,” which means “master.” So Moses is beginning his prayer by recognizing the greatness of God. Something we should also do, just as Jesus taught in Matthew 6, “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.”
In verses 2 and 17, Moses uses the word “God.”
“… from beginning to end, you are God” (verse 2), and “…may the Lord our God show us his approval” (verse 17).
Here, “God” comes from “Elohim,” which means the Creator and Judge of the universe. These are very appropriately used in this context, as Moses is citing the creation of the universe in verse 2, and asking the Judge of the universe to show not only mercy, but success, in verse 17.
Lastly, in verse 13, we see the word “LORD.”
“O LORD, come back to us!”
The all caps version of “Lord” translates from the Hebrew “Yahweh” or “Jehovah,” and means “I AM.” We read about the meaning of “I AM” about 9 days ago (last time I wrote!). Here’s a refresher…
“I Am Who I Am.” When I understand it, I really love what this means. “I Am Who I Am,” meaning He is self existent, dependent on no one and no thing. Meaning He is unchangeable, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Meaning that He is what He always was, and what He always will be. “I AM” like no other – no human mind can conceive of or measure my existence.
There’s one last thing I’d like to touch on before we close… verse 8.
“You spread out our sins before you—our secret sins—and you see them all.”
We’re in trouble here, folks. You can hide from the world, but you can’t hide from the Lord, your Master; from God, our Creator and Judge; or from the Lord, I AM. Your days are numbered, and your grumbling is loud.
Zechariah 1:3 says, “Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you.” We have responsibility here. He says “return to me” first, THEN He will return to us. Quit your grumbling and recognize the blessings God (the Creator) provides for you every single day you draw breath. Realize that your days on this earth are short, and that you serve the Lord (Master) of the universe. Confess that you’re a sinner (a schmuck) and ask God (the Judge) for forgiveness and mercy. And know that the LORD (I AM), from the beginning of time to the end of days, loves you, has a plan for you, and wants a relationship with you.
Almighty God, You are holy and just. You are unchanging. I am a sinner, but I want to return to You. Please close my mouth to grumbling and open my eyes to Your blessing. Forgive me, God, and show me how to use my days. Replace my evil with good, and teach me to sing for joy as you work in and through me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.