Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise
After a long trip away it is always good to be home. Home is where you can totally relax. You don’t have to be anything but you. You don’t have to dress up. You don’t have to be tense and stressed about what others think. You can just be you. Home should be a good place to just be.
What about the home you grew up in, that place of your parents? The saying is “you can’t go back home” means that after you move away it is hard to go back to the place where you were once thought of as a child. You no longer are a child but those “back home” think of you still in that state of mind. It is human. They are surprised you grew up. Some are amazed that you are still alive! (Smiling) Your parents, if they are alive, freeze frame you as a twelve year old. In their minds you are still someone they must protect because of their great love for you. They miss you when you are not there as you were before in their care.
What if GOD is HOME? As believers and followers of God, God is our home, our place of peace, encouragement and according to Psalm 90…our affirmation! If God is our Home, He is where we can be ourselves, where we are comfortable and at peace. We are “at home” all the time with a God who loves us more than we love ourselves, who created as with purpose, who protects and provides for all our needs…no matter what we do for Him! He is our salvation, our hope and peace through all of life. Yes, God is Home.
“God, it seems you’ve been our home forever; long before the mountains were born, long before you brought earth itself to birth, from ‘once upon a time’ to kingdom come’–you are God.”
Wow, what it God isn’t your Home? The world around us is dying to know someone who will give them worth and value. Their selfish living on their own trying to satisfy their own current felt needs isn’t working for them. Even if it is working, there is no one to tell them how much they are loved unconditionally because they have been on their own for so long. There is something missing. They have no Home. They cannot find affirmation for doing things all by themselves. They want to be known and affirmed for just being. God is that Someone!
If we work with a mind to please the LORD first and over anyone else, God notices. If we come Home to God, He is there waiting and ready to bless. If we do the work HE invites us to do…excellently and with enthusiasm…He affirms us. He knows our name, for God is Home, our Home. Come Home.
Psalm 90, The Message
A Prayer of Moses, Man of God
1-2 God, it seems you’ve been our home forever;
long before the mountains were born,
Long before you brought earth itself to birth,
from “once upon a time” to “kingdom come”—you are God.
3-11 So don’t return us to mud, saying,
“Back to where you came from!”
Patience! You’ve got all the time in the world—whether
a thousand years or a day, it’s all the same to you.
Are we no more to you than a wispy dream,
no more than a blade of grass
That springs up gloriously with the rising sun
and is cut down without a second thought?
Your anger is far and away too much for us;
we’re at the end of our rope.
You keep track of all our sins; every misdeed
since we were children is entered in your books.
All we can remember is that frown on your face.
Is that all we’re ever going to get?
We live for seventy years or so
(with luck we might make it to eighty),
And what do we have to show for it? Trouble.
Toil and trouble and a marker in the graveyard.
Who can make sense of such rage,
such anger against the very ones who fear you?
12-17 Oh! Teach us to live well!
Teach us to live wisely and well!
Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?—
and treat your servants with kindness for a change.
Surprise us with love at daybreak;
then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.
Make up for the bad times with some good times;
we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.
Let your servants see what you’re best at—
the ways you rule and bless your children.
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!.
BACKGROUND OF THE OLDEST PSALM
Life was not easy for Moses, but he triumphed, and in this psalm (the oldest Psalm written) he shared his insights so that we, too, might have strength for the journey and end well.
We Are Travelers and God Is Our Home (vv. 1-2).
Numbers 33 names forty-two different places Israel camped during their journey, but no matter where Moses lived, God was always his home. He “lived in the Lord.” He knew how to “abide in the Lord” and find strength, comfort, encouragement, and help for each day’s demands.
We Are Learners and Life Is Our School (vv. 3-12).
Moses was “educated in all the learning of the Egyptians”, but the lessons he learned walking with God were far more important. In the school of life, we need to learn two important lessons: Life is brief and passes swiftly, so make the most of it; and life is difficult and at times seems futile but this is the only way to mature.
We Are Believers and the Future Is Our Friend (vv. 13-17).
In spite of the “black border” around this psalm, the emphasis is on life and not death. The past and present experiences of life prepare us for the future, and all of life prepares us for eternity.
The closing prayer emphasizes God’s compassion and unfailing love, His desire to give us joy and satisfaction even in the midst of life’s troubles, and His ability to make life count for eternity. When Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord, the future is your friend!
How does it affect you to know that no matter where you live, God is your “Home”? Why?
This psalm speaks about the shortness and preciousness of life. How can you invest your life rather than just spend it?
What big decision confronts you today? How will you bring the Lord into that decision?
Dear Heavenly Father,
You speak to our hearts each morning with new manna perspectives that are needed at just the right time in the right way by your Holy Spirit. Thank you for these thoughts of affirmation for those who believe and follow You. You are my Home forever. I will never stop believing. I will always seek to be at Home with You. Forever. You are God and I am not. You are Home.
In Jesus Name, Amen