Moses wrote a prayer in Psalm 90 while dealing with a heavy burden. In verse fifteen he wrote, “Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us…”. In spite of this affliction and many years of seeing evil, Moses chooses to start his prayer by acknowledging that the Lord of all has offered himself for company in these days and years we’ve been given on earth.
Verse one says, “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.”
If I lived with a masseuse, would that ease my fears of finding relief from chronic pains? June can’t come soon enough for this aching body. Likewise, if I know I’m dwelling with the eternal Creator and Redeemer, might that ease fears of not having His power to help me going forward?
Verse sixteen says, “Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.” His power offered to His servants is something we should look forward to, instead of the evil and affliction that steals our attention. My affliction will wither like grass, but our God will be mighty forever!
Moses’s prayer chooses to see the eternality of God and our limited earthly days to honor Him as the greater focus than the many days we’ve suffered and might suffer still. I needed this word from God because all I had been focused on of late was months of enduring pain.
Letting the truths of God captivate my attention allowed me to dwell with God, to listen to Him for how I should think. The result was soul peace, regardless of the body pains, and over and above the worry infecting my mind.
When Moses prayed to God, “teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom,” God’s word was already cleansing my mind and soul. As I beheld the One who knows my secret sins, and yet forgave them by the blood of Jesus… I stopped seeing my pain as great, and instead saw the glory of God and why I love him so much! He made me to live forever, and by my faith in Jesus, I can live with Him in peace far longer than the days of turmoil I endured and will endure for His glory.
We have a limited amount of days to tell God, in the face of affliction, I dwell with you God, my God, for you God, lover of my soul.
Do not let your morning pass until you have found satisfaction in His steadfast love, for if you do, His word promises you will be able to “rejoice and be glad all of your days” (v14).