A Prayer of Moses, Man of God
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.
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?
Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well!
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!
Psalm 90:1-12,17 The Message (MSG)
Righteous and Redeeming God,
You are the God of compassion and mercy. The almighty God who created all that exists and who sustains all You have made. Thank You for who You are and for answering this prayer of Moses by giving Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sin. He died once and for all so that nothing can ever again separate us from Your love. Your mercy is immense and Your grace is without measure. Help us as we follow Your Son to our eternal lives in Your coming Kingdom.
In His name we pray,