September 04 2023
Today, Monday September 04
“You Are God”
A Prayer of Moses the Man of God.
“LORD, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”
Besides the Book of Job, Psalm 90 is most likely the oldest chapter in the Bible. And interestingly, it is a prayer. It was written by Moses possibly toward the end of his 40-year journey through the wilderness with the nation of Israel. It was not an easy journey for him as the people often rebelled, murmured and complained, and challenged his leadership. During this time Moses grows into becoming one of the greatest servant leaders that the world has ever known.
In this prayer Moses reveals to us how he realized that he was only a traveler during his time on earth and that God Himself was his home! In 1 Chronicles 29:12, King David said, "For we are aliens and pilgrims before you, as were our fathers". For all mortals, life is a pilgrimage from birth to death, and for believers, it is a journey from earth to heaven, but the road is not an easy one. Jacob called the 130 years of his pilgrimage "few and evil" (Gen. 47:9), and he was a pilgrim to the very end, for he died leaning on the top of his staff (Heb. 11:21).
For eighty years, Moses had lived a somewhat settled life, first in Egypt and then in Midian, but after that he spent forty years in the wilderness, leading a nation of complaining former slaves who didn't always want or appreciate his leadership. Numbers 33 names forty-two different places Israel camped during their journey, but no matter where Moses lived, God was always his home.
Moses learned to "live in the Lord." He knew how to "abide in the Lord" and find strength, comfort, encouragement, and help for each day's demands. Moses pitched a special tent outside the camp where he went to meet the Lord (Ex. 33:7-11). This is the Old Testament equivalent of the New Testament admonition, "Abide in me" (see John 15:1-11). We must all make the Lord "our dwelling" (Psalm 91:9).
Moses addressed God as "Elohim," the God of power and the God of creation. He described God "giving birth" to the mountains (v. 2; Job 15:7; 38:8, 28-29) and forming the world. To people in the ancient world, mountains symbolized that which was lasting and dependable, and to the Jews, mountains spoke of the everlasting God of Israel (93:1-2).
There were six generations from Abraham to Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Levi, Kohath, Amram, and Moses, and the same God had guided and blessed them! Those of us who have godly ancestors certainly have a rich heritage and we ought to be thankful. In the midst of a changing world, living as we do in a "frail tent" (2 Cor. 5:1-4), it is good to hear Moses say, "The eternal God is your refuge and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deut. 33:27).
I love Moses’ proclamation, “Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” God has always been and always will be! He never changes and He is God alone!
My friend, just like Moses we can depend on Him for all we need every day! The key is learning to “abide in Him” through communion with Him in His Word and prayer!