God, the Creator of the Universe is Our Dwelling Place

1Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.

What a reassurance to the psalmist! “Lord, throughout all the generations, you have been our dwelling place.”

  • God has been faithful to His people for thousands of years. He has sheltered for them.
  • We have a heritage of generations who have been sheltered by the Lord. The older I get the more important my heritage is to me. That heritage connects me to something much bigger than me. When I allow the Lord to be my shelter, I continue an established heritage.
  • We are part of a community – He is “our dwelling place” – we are not alone.
  • Our dwelling place is the Lord – As we’ll see in the following verses, the Lord almighty!

2Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

4For a thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.

  • He is an eternal God.
  • He is the God with power to create the earth and the world.
  • Eternity is an unimaginably long time. Perhaps a thousand years is like one evening.

We are Sinful and Deserve God’s Wrath

3You turn men back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, O sons of men.”
5You sweep men away in the sleep of death;
they are like the new grass of the morning—
6though in the morning it springs up new,
by evening it is dry and withered.

  • He rules over the lives of men and women.
  • In light of eternity, our lives are as short-lived as a blade of grass that comes to life one morning but dies in the heat of the sun.

7We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
1 The length of our days is seventy years—
or eighty, if we have the strength;
yet their span is but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11Who knows the power of your anger?
For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.

  • We are a sinful people and deserve nothing short of the wrath of God.
  • We could easily be consumed by our sin.
  • Our sins are not a secret from God. They are offensive in His presence.

Seek the Lord and His Favor; Find a Heart of Joy

In light of God’s faithfulness and power, and man’s sinfulness and impotence, the Psalmist does the only thing that makes sense: He Asks for wisdom.

12Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13Relent, O LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
17May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.

  • Wisdom comes from the Lord. Lord, teach me how to order my days, giving priority to the most important things and forsaking the foolish.
  • It is the Lord’s unfailing love that satisfies our deepest needs, our deepest hunger. Lord, reveal Your unfailing love to me in the morning until I am satisfied in it.
  • Being satisfied in the Lord enables me to face the world with songs of joy and gladness. Lord, put that song in my heart to carry me through the troubles of this life.
  • Show me Your deeds and splendor, Lord.
  • Let Your favor rest upon me. When God’s favor rests upon us, we are blessed.
  • Establish the works of my hands. Keep my life from being meaningless.

I can’t help but see that these ending prayer requests are an outcome of verse 1 – that when the Lord is our dwelling place, we are positioned for Him to show us His deeds and splendor and to be satisfied with His unfailing love. We are positioned to have the song of joy in our heart.

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