Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God (Ps. 90:1-2).
Heavenly Father, thank you for protecting us from the storms of life. You are the ultimate refuge. Dwelling in your sanctuary is the safest place to be. Teach us to trust in you all the days of our lives. For you have promised that in every generation, if we cry out to you, you will save us.
God, before the world was created, you existed. From everlasting to everlasting, you are God. The world is contingent. You are necessary. We are creatures who rely on you to sustain us, but you are creator and rely on no one. We worship you for being holy, distinct, and separate from all others. For you have neither beginning nor end!
You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.” A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death— they are like the new grass of the morning: In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered (Ps. 90:3-6)
Lord of heaven, we are mortal. But when we put our trust and faith in your son, Jesus of Nazareth, we put on immortality. For we are created in your image and likeness. While we do return to dust as mortals, you will give us a new body and spirit that will last forever. This is the hope we have of eternal life.
It’s amazing how a thousand years are like a day for you. Time is irrelevant in your mind because you supersede time. You transcend time. Time has no power over you. For you are immortal–The Alpha and the Omega.
But we are needy creatures. Like the new grass of the morning, we spring up, but in the evening, we are dry and withered. Our lives are temporary. One day we are here and the next our lives vanish. Please keep us humble and satisfied with the life you have given us. Encourage us to rejoice in this life and not to be bitter. A complaining spirit will not give us a satisfying life.
We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. Our 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 (Ps. 90:7-10).
Lord God, you are holy and righteous. Our sins are ever before us. The Bible states that all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Therefore, none of us are righteous. We deserve your wrath and indignation. But thank God that you sent Jesus to be the propitiation for our sins. What marvelous grace and redemption we now have in the prince of peace.
God, I am reminded of my frailty. As I age, I can tell my body is not as strong as it was in my youth. Even while I am inching towards my final years on this planet, I will continue to rejoice and be thankful. For I know that death will have no sting for me. I will not be in the grave forever. You will rescue me and save me according to your grace, truth and love. We may be mortal now, but immortality is coming soon. Thanks be to God!
If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Ps. 90:11-12).
Everlasting Father, the Bible says the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom. This fear is reverential. In other words, we know you have the keys to life. You have the key to our eternal destiny. Therefore, we respect and bow down before your throne. You are holy, great, and unable to be tamed. Your power is endless.
Teach us to number our days that we may practice wisdom. When we count the days we have, it reminds us of our limitations. Yet, it’s good for us to dwell on this fact because we will not put our confidence in the self. Instead, our desire will be to stand with you, the solid rock and redeemer of our soul.
Relent, Lord! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children (Ps. 90:13-16).
King of glory, have compassion on us. Be merciful. For you know that we come from the dust. Satisfy us with your unfailing love. Breathe into us a desire to spread your glory throughout the world. May we continually sing your goodness and mercy all the days of our lives.
Your deeds are evident. You have rescued us from so many tribulations. When difficulty arises, we know to call upon your name. You will deliver us from the hands of our enemies. Nothing will be able to separate us from your great love. Praise be to God for this marvelous truth!
May 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 (Ps. 90:17).
Holy Sovereign Lord, grant us your favor. Bless us, sanctify us, and protect us from the temptations of this world. May your favor rest on us from this day and forevermore. Bless our families, co-workers, friends, and others who we interact with on a daily basis. Keep us from falling into the schemes of the evil one. Protect us, O God!
Finally, establish the work of our hands. Whatever we do, whether we drink, eat, sit, or stand, may we do it all for your glory and praise. When we work, let’s not work for the glory of man. Instead, let’s be diligent in order to glorify our heavenly Father. Lord God, you are the reason we exist. May we commit all our work for your righteous name to be exalted among the nations. In the name of Jesus we pray, amen!
Chad A. Damitz