Daily Devotional: Psalms 90:1-6
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. 2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You turn men back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, O sons of men.” 4 For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. 5 You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning--6 though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered.
2 Peter 3:8-9
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
This Psalm is said to have been a song written by Moses. There probably has never been anyone who understood the power of God and the patience of God better than did Moses. He watched as he grew weary and often frustrated with his fellow people for not following God and being faithful to him. While at times God would punish, he often was patient and longsuffering with them. God is patient because he loves us but also because he does not count time the way we do. He is never rushed or in a hurry as we seem to be so often.
When we grasp the concept that God is beyond our limitations, it helps us have the reverence we should have for him. He is not bound by what we call impossible or by time constraints as we know them. Our lives are measured by minutes, days or years. When God created all things, he announced that the morning and the evening were the first day and then the second and so on. He gave us the measures of time but as part of the creation he is not bound by them.
What a blessing this is! God is patient toward us. While we may want to give up on ourselves or others, God is willing to give us time to get things right in our lives so we can be in fellowship with him. As with so many things, we are not to take undue advantage of his patience but O how we need it as we seek to be like him.
O Lord, I am so thankful for your patience. Help me slow down my life and learn to be patient with myself and with others around me. Help me enjoy each day you have given me and not worry about tomorrow. Thank you for all the beauty of the earth. Help me take the time to sit with someone who cannot walk or to listen to one who can hardly talk or who repeats themselves. Don’t let me forget that I too was a baby and learning and if it is your will, one day I will be old and once again dependent on others for my care. I pray in the name of Jesus.