A prayer of Moses the man of GOD.
1LORD, YOU Have Been our Dwelling Place
throughout all generations.
2Before the mountains were born
or YOU Brought Forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting YOU Are GOD.
3YOU Turn people back to dust,
“Return to dust, you mortals.”
4A thousand years In YOUR Sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5Yet YOU Sweep people Away in the sleep of death—
they are like the new grass of the morning:
6In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
7We are consumed by YOUR Anger
and terrified by YOUR Indignation.
8YOU Have Set our iniquities Before YOU,
our secret sins in the Light of YOUR Presence.
9All our days pass away under YOUR Wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11If only we knew the Power of YOUR Anger!
YOUR Wrath Is As Great As the Fear That Is YOUR Due.
12Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13Relent, LORD! How Long Will It Be?
Have Compassion On YOUR servants.
14Satisfy us in the morning with YOUR Unfailing Love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15Make us glad for as many days as YOU Have Afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16May YOUR Deeds Be Shown to YOUR servants,
YOUR Splendor to their children.
17May the Favor of The LORD our GOD Rest On us;
Establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, Establish the work of our hands.
A prayer of Moses the man of GOD
As appears by the title, it is plain that this Psalm was penned as early as the deliverance out of Egypt, and yet they are put together in this collection of Divine songs. It was penned by Moses, the most ancient penman of sacred writ. We have upon record a praising song of his (Exodus 15, which is alluded to Revelation 15:3), and an instructing song of his, Deuteronomy 32.
But this is of a different nature from both, for it is called a prayer. It is supposed that this psalm was penned upon occasion of the sentence passed upon Israel in the wilderness for their unbelief, murmuring, and rebellion, that their carcasses should fall in the wilderness, that they should be wasted away by a series of miseries for thirty-eight years all together, and that none of them that were then of age should enter Canaan.
This was calculated for their wanderings in the wilderness, as that other song of Moses (Deuteronomy 31:19, 21) was for their settlement in Canaan. We have the story to which this psalm seems to refer, Numbers 14. Probably Moses penned this prayer to be daily used, either by the people in their tents, or, at least, by the priests in the tabernacle-service, during their tedious fatigue in the wilderness.
I. Moses comforts himself and his people with the Eternity of GOD and their interest in HIM (v. 1, 2).
II. He humbles himself and his people with the consideration of the frailty of man (v. 3-6).
III. He submits himself and his people to the righteous Sentence of GOD passed upon them (v. 7-11).
IV. He commits himself and his people to GOD by prayer for Divine Mercy and Grace, and the return of GOD'S Favor (v. 12-17).
Though it seems to have been penned upon this particular occasion, yet it is very applicable to the frailty of human life in general, and, in singing it, we may easily apply it to the years of our passage through the wilderness of this world until we all reach the Promised Land, The KINGDOM of CHRIST