Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17.
1 Lord, you have been our refuge:
from one generation to another.
2 Before the mountains were born
or the earth and the world were brought to be:
from eternity to eternity you are God.
3 You turn us back into dust:
saying ‘Return to dust, O children of Adam.’
4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday passing:
or like one watch of the night.
5 You cut them short like a dream:
like the fresh grass of the morning;
6 In the morning it is green and flourishes:
at evening it is withered and dried up.
13 Relent, O Lord; how long will you be angry?:
take pity on your servants.
14 O satisfy us early with your mercy:
that all our days we may rejoice and sing.
15 Give us joy for all the days you have afflicted us:
for the years we have suffered adversity.
16 Show your servants your work:
and let their children see your glory.
17 May the gracious favour of the Lord our God be upon us:
prosper the work of our hands, O prosper the work of our hands!
Notes on Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17.
Perspective is a blessing. To be able to be taken out of the place in which we can see with limited view and to be able to gain a different way of understanding opens our minds. The psalmist here is moving between these different perspectives. There is still the experience of suffering and the immediate problems of life loom large, and yet there is also that glimpse that God’s blessings come from a broader way of seeing than we are able to grasp, and a broader perspective on what is best for us and others.