Meditation and Prayer Journey – Psalm 90

Psalm 90

Book 4: Psalms 90-106

These Psalms, 17 in number, are anonymous except for Psalm 90 written by Moses, and Psalm 101 and 103 being written by David. These too were composed for public worship.

In line with the Pentateuch this section would relate to Numbers. Numbers describes the Kingdom of Israel in relation to its neighbours, these Psalms reveal that it is God’s kingdom that rules over all. There are also pre-captivity sentiments, but the emphasis is on praise toward God for His blessings.

The name used for God in this section is mainly Jehovah (LORD).

The introduction to the section declares confidence in God as Protector of His people (90). The theme of this section is about the steadfastness and faithfulness of God. The doxology Psalm (106) praises God for the way He has led Israel until the present day, and declares that He never changes, He is “from everlasting to everlasting”. This time the doxology closes with Amen and Hallelujah (Praise the Lord).


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Psalm 90

A Prayer of Moses the man of God.

1LORD, YOU have been our dwelling place and our refuge in all generations [says Moses].2Before the mountains were brought forth or ever You had formed and given birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God.

3You turn man back to dust and corruption, and say, Return, O sons of the earthborn [to the earth]!

4For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.(A)

5You carry away [these disobedient people, doomed to die within forty years] as with a flood; they are as a sleep [vague and forgotten as soon as they are gone]. In the morning they are like grass which grows up–

6In the morning it flourishes and springs up; in the evening it is mown down and withers.

7For we [the Israelites in the wilderness] are consumed by Your anger, and by Your wrath are we troubled, overwhelmed, and frightened away.

8Our iniquities, our secret heart and its sins [which we would so like to conceal even from ourselves], You have set in the [revealing] light of Your countenance.

9For all our days [out here in this wilderness, says Moses] pass away in Your wrath; we spend our years as a tale that is told [for we adults know we are doomed to die soon, without reaching Canaan].(B)

10The days of our years are [a]threescore years and ten (seventy years)–or even, if by reason of strength, fourscore years (eighty years); yet is their pride [in additional years] only labor and sorrow, for it is soon gone, and we fly away.

11Who knows the power of Your anger? [Who worthily connects this brevity of life with Your recognition of sin?] And Your wrath, who connects it with the reverent and worshipful fear that is due You?

12So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.

13Turn, O Lord [from Your fierce anger]! How long–? Revoke Your sentence and be compassionate and at ease toward Your servants.

14O satisfy us with Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning [now, before we are older], that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15Make us glad in proportion to the days in which You have afflicted us and to the years in which we have suffered evil.

16Let Your work [the signs of Your power] be revealed to Your servants, and Your [glorious] majesty to their children.

17And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands–yes, the work of our hands, confirm and establish it.

Related Scriptures:

There are a lot of related scriptures, take a look at some here (scroll to the bottom).

* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Morning Devotions (Francis Chan) Psalm 90

Psalm 90:4 (Soulbyte)

Discovering Real Meaning in Life – A Better Way to Live – Today’s Christian Videos

Multi Media

Our Days – Psalm 90 – Very much enjoyed this video with reading of Psalm 90 – Job well done!

Christian Hymns with lyrics – Our God, Our Help in Ages Past / Psalm 90 – Isaac Watts

Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 90 “An Eternal God of our short and fragile earthly life”


David Guzik

Matthew Henry

Jamieson, Fausset & Brown

Charles H. Spurgeon

My Reflections

It does make you stop and thinking about what you hold dear, what you treasurer, and what you do with your time. I wonder how shocked we would be if we could someone keep track of every wasted and idle moment of time. I think we do waste away a lot of time, even big chunks. But even for those that make the most of their time, I think we would still find wasted time,  like pennies scattered throughout our house, car, and furniture. We don’t even know how they get there sometimes. Seriously, one penny doesn’t get you much – but if you are able to gather them all together in one place, they add up to a lot. Even the most efficient among us would have gathered up a lot of wasted time.

I find the biggest struggle to be making the world stop for a few moments so that I can regroup and come at life differently. It just never seems to happen. No matter how much I say I’m not going to waste my time, I find myself wasting it. lol Life and the world seems to place so much demand on us and it seems hard to say no. Well, maybe someday. Until then, I’ll just keep trying to pick up the extra pennies I find laying around and use them the best I can. Focusing on God wants instead of what the world wants.


Going to make this simple: v17

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands for us. – Amen!


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