Daily Devotional: Psalms 90:13-17
13 Relent, O LORD! How long will it be? Have compassion on your servants. 14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. 16 May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. 17 May 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.
1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God's house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.
We are told that Moses was more humble than all the men of the earth. He was faithful to God who appointed him as leader. He was truly dedicated to God and to doing the will of God, not only for himself but for the people as well. He so often was caught between an absolutely holy and righteous God and the people who spurned the commands of God and profaned his name. As he often pleaded for mercy for the people, he also often was disgusted and disheartened because of them and their behavior. More than once he wanted to give up.
When we are faithful to God and when we humble ourselves before him, it does not mean we will not face problems. There will be times when we are doing our best but life is difficult and others will make it even worse for us. As with Moses, we may have times we want to give up but we must continue to be faithful.
As in this psalm, we may not see the presence or deliverance of God but we can know he is with us and he cares. Jesus is greater than Moses because he is the Son and because he lived without sin – even more faithful than Moses. He faced what we face in life. He was tempted as we are tempted. This qualifies him to plead our case before the Father and to lend his helping hand as our brother.
O Lord God, giver of life, both physical and eternal, I am so thankful for the life you have given me. You have been with me and delivered me from so many things in so many ways. While much as happened to me that I do not understand and much more that has been painful, I know you have always shielded me from harm. Help me use these difficult things in my life to make me stronger and to trust you more. I am ever grateful for those whom you have put in my life to love me, to help me and to encourage me. I humbly pray in the name of Jesus.