Psalm 90: The Everlasting God

Psalm 90

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,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You return man to dust
    and say, “Return, O children of man!”
For a thousand years in your sight
    are but as yesterday when it is past,
    or as a watch in the night.

You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
    like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
    in the evening it fades and withers.

For we are brought to an end by your anger;
    by your wrath we are dismayed.
You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.

For all our days pass away under your wrath;
    we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10 The years of our life are seventy,
    or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
    they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11 Who considers the power of your anger,
    and your wrath according to the fear of you?

12 So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord! How long?
    Have pity on your servants!
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants,
    and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and establish the work of our hands upon us;
    yes, establish the work of our hands!

Orange Cana Lily | May 2022 | Location Unknown

I tend to think of the everlasting nature of God in terms of time. He was before the beginning of time. He will be after the end of time. He is outside of time. He is eternal. That is important. Those are important realities. The material universe is not eternal. It had a beginning. God who was before all time and creation created the universe. God was before the universe was. One day this world will pass away. But God will go on. He is everlasting. 

That is not true of us. We have not always been. Our days on earth are numbered (v. 12!). Our lives in this world will come to an end. That means we are limited in lifespan. But we’re also limited in other ways.

We were driving west along Interstate-80 in the middle of Iowa. Our 1972 Chevelle was pulling a U-Haul trailer with all our worldly possessions in the back. Diane was 7 months pregnant. I was going to begin my vicarage year in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As I drove I could feel something different about our car’s transmission. It was not a good difference. Finally I pulled to the shoulder knowing that the car would make it no further. Our transmission gave out. So did my peaceful heart. My joy left me. My anxiety took its place. I knew of no way to fix this. It was clear: I was at the end of my resources. 

But God’s everlasting nature extends beyond time. He’s not just better than the Energizer Bunny. Or Duralast Batteries. Or a Timex watch: Takes a likin’ and keeps on tickin, (you may remember). God’s love is everlasting. It never runs out. God’s grace and mercy never run out. His power is boundless in breadth and duration. His resources are boundless. From everlasting to everlasting God is God. And God is just, holy, true, faithful, trustworthy, patient, kind, merciful, gracious, and good. God is love. 

God’s nature never changes. Our ability to experience him is certainly limited. Our comprehension of God is finite. Our faith in him and his promises wavers. But God is constant. He is the rock. He is the One who will be there whenever we turn to him. From everlasting to everlasting he is. Known by faith. Redeemed by Jesus. Sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Attested to in Scripture. Proven by an empty and open tomb. For him we wait until the number of our days is completed and our faith becomes sight.

Until then we pray:

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and establish the work of our hands upon us;
    yes, establish the work of our hands!

  1. Barbara Rogers said:

    John and I had a similar experience with a 1963 Oldsmobile in 1969 when we were moving from Witchita Falls TX to Eglin AFB in Florida but God provided us with good samaritans who helped out the young couple. All our worldly possessions were either in the car or a UHaul top carrier!

    • God is good. We were helped also by a good Samaritan in Iowa. Glad you made it safely to Florida! Good to hear from you!

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