Psalm 90

I spent my morning visiting brothels as part of my work with the anti-trafficking ministry I volunteer with.  It can be heavy work, but I have a great team and we lift each other up as we go about this task.  The introspection sets in later in the day and as I was doing some reading this afternoon I came across this Psalm, thought to be written by Moses shortly before his death and it spoke to me today.

Psalm 90

Lord, through all the generations you have been our home! 

Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.

You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals!”

For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.

You sweep people away like dreams that disappear.  They are like grass that springs up in the morning.

In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered.

We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury.

You spread out your wrath, ending our years with a groan.

Seventy years are given to us!  Some even live to be eighty.  But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.

Who can comprehend the power of you anger?  Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.

O, Lord, come back to us!  How long will you delay?  Take pity on your servants!

Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!  Replace the evil years with good.

Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.

And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful.  Yes, make our efforts successful.

Amen.

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