In this first part the prophet acknowledgeth that God in all times, and in all ages hath had a special care of his saints and servants, to provide for them all things necessary for this life; for under the name of "dwelling place", or mansion house, the prophet understandeth all helps and comforts necessary for this life, both for maintenance and protection. Psalm 90:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 90:1, NIV: "A prayer of Moses the man of God.Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations." I knew not that Moses was speaking to a most obdurate and proud multitude, which neither understood nor cared for the anger of God, nor were humbled by their calamities, or even in prospect of death. The correctness of the title which ascribes the Psalm to Moses is confirmed by its unique simplicity and grandeur; its appropriateness to his times and circumstances; its resemblance to the Law in urging the connection between sin and death; its similarity of diction to the poetical portions of the Pentateuch, without the slightest trace of imitation or quotation; its marked unlikeness to the Psalms of David, and still more to those of later date; and finally, the proved impossibility of plausibly assigning it to any other age or author. --Giovanni della Mirandola Pico, 1463-1494. Oh Lord, the god who is sovereign over his people Israel, the one who rules over them as a king who cares for his people, providing … 2 Tim 2:11 - Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him. Contributed by Rev. Psalm 90:2(HCSB) Verse Thoughts. Who shall regard him as a sepulchre? This is also to be seen from Psalm 90:3, Psalm 90:4, when Psalm 90:3 now more definitely affirms the omnipotence of God, and Psalm 90:4 the supra-temporality of God or the omnipresence of God in time. In like manner lived his posterity, Isaac, Jacob, and the twelve patriarchs, wandering from place to place in the land of Canaan; from thence translated into the land of Egypt, there living at courtesy, and as it were tenants at will, and in such slavery and bondage, that it had been better for them to have been without house and home. Psalm 90 reminds us that though life is fleeting, we can live wisely with God’s eternal presence. (9-16) Commentary on Psalm 91:1-8 (Read Psalm 91:1-8). Moses could take a retrospect of above a thousand years, which had all confirmed the truth. May this also be our hearts' prayer. Delightful thought! In Psalm 90:1 what does Moses mean when he says "you have been our dwelling place"? But Moses was looking beyond these scenes of his personal history when he said, "Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations." It is a remarkable expression, the like of which is nowhere in Sacred Scripture, that God is a dwelling place. For the use of such houses was wont to be not only to defend men from the injury of the weather, and to keep safely, within the walls and under the roof all other things necessary for this life, and to be a place of abode, wherein men might the more commodiously provide for all other things necessary, and walk in some calling profitable to their neighbour and to the glory of God; but also to protect them from the violence of brute beasts and rage of enemies. For a thousand years in your sight. TRANSITORINESS OF MAN: PSALM 90:1-6 A. Rom 6:8 - Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. Some commentators think this was not the same famous and familiar Moses, but the evidence is much stronger for believing that this was indeed the great leader of Israel. Title. True is it in its report of human life -- as troubled, transitory, and sinful. There are few probably among those who have passed through times of bitter and distracting woe, or who have stood -- the helpless spectators of the miseries of others, that have not fallen into moods of mind violently in contrast with the devout and hopeful melancholy which breathes throughout this ode. A prayer of Moses, the man of God. Through an exploration of Psalm 90, this article will strive to give answer to the eternal question of meaning and purpose, particularly in the entrepreneurial realm of business. Scripture in other places says the very opposite, it calls men temples of God, in whom God dwells; "the temple of God is holy", says Paul, "which temple ye are." What Does Psalm 90:2 Mean? Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God. It is a key part of a meditation on God and on living as the people of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Commentary on Psalm 90:1-12 & Psalm 90:13-17 By L.G. It was a divine mouth which said, "Abide in me", and then added, "he that abideth in me and I in him the same bringeth forth much fruit." Complete Concise Chapter Contents. ; You turn man to destruction, and say, Return, you sons of man. He is life; and therefore they also live to whom he is a dwelling place. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. All rights reserved. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. --Augustus F. Theluck, in "Hours of Christian Devotion", 1870. V1. 1 John 4:13 - This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. --Samuel Burder. Salem Media Group. A Prayer of Moses the man of God. --J.A. Christ Jesus is the refuge and dwelling-place to … "LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations." What does Psalm chapter 90 mean? How far back into the past may the patriarch have been looking when he spake these words? Verse 1. After this fashion Moses, in the very introduction, before he lets loose his horrible thunderings and lightnings, fortifies the trembling, that they may firmly hold God to be the living dwelling place of the living, of those that pray to him, and put their trust in him. “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90: 12) This verse is often treated as if it were a proverb that means, “Life is short, so live wisely.” But in the context of the whole psalm, it means much more than that, as we will see. It is entitled “From Everlasting to Everlasting” and … Verse 1. Compared with it Homer and Pindar are (so to speak) modern, and even King David is of recent date. What does this verse really mean? Verse 1-2. PSALMS 90 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page PSALM 90. The Psalm is called a prayer, for the closing petitions enter into its essence, and the preceding verses are a meditation preparatory to the supplication. Aug 9, 2018. For if God is our dwelling place, and God is life, and we dwellers in him, it necessarily follows, that we are in life, and shall live for ever ... For who will call God the dwelling place of the dead? (1-8) Their favour with Him. The abode of the church the same in all ages; her relation to God never changes. Psalm 90 was penned by Moses, a man with whom the Lord spoke “face to face, as a man speaks with his friend” (Exodus 33:11; see also Numbers 12:7-8). 2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. -- Moses sings of the frailty of man, and the shortness of life, contrasting therewith the eternity of God, and founding thereon earnest appeals for compassion. Col 3:3 - For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Abraham was called out of his own country, from his father's house, where no doubt he had goodly buildings, and large revenues, and was commanded by God to live as a foreigner in a strange country, amongst savage people, that he knew not; and to abide in tents, booths, and cabins, having little hope to live a settled and comfortable life in any place. But because he (the believer), is in God, it is manifest, that he cannot be moved nor transferred, for God is a habitation of a kind that cannot perish. But I knew not that these terrors were not addressed to an awakened mind. -- Christopher Wordsworth. But a Christian must maintain constant communication with God; must dwell in God, not run to him now and then. The only division which will be useful separates the contemplation Psalms 90:1 - 11 from the Psalms 90:12-17 there is indeed no need to make even this break, for the unity is well preserved throughout. Rightly attributed to the Hebrew Lawgiver or not, it bespeaks its remote antiquity, not merely by the majestic simplicity of its style, but negatively, by the entire avoidance of those sophisticated turns of thought which belong to a late -- a lost age in a people's intellectual and moral history. Almost in the same strain Paul speaks, when he says to the Colossians, "Your life is hid with Christ in God." This psalm is attributed to Moses. 1 John 2:6 - Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. Title. The safety of those who have God for their refuge. To the saints the Lord Jehovah, the self existent God, stands instead of mansion and rooftree; he shelters, comforts, protects, preserves, and cherishes all his own. Its birth place -- its native air -- home of its thoughts, will, conscience, affections, desires. When it returns here it feels itself at home: "Return unto thy rest", etc. Question: "What can we learn from the prayer of Moses (Psalm 90)?" Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place, etc. This description shows, as Amyraldus saw, that the kernel of the Psalm in the second part, and that the design of the first is to prepare the way for the second, and lay down a basis on which it may rest. Verse 1. 90:1-2 • The psalm begins with a majestic affirmation of the awesomeness of our God, our Lord (Adonai) the word means Master. So that of all the people of the earth, God's own people had hitherto lived as pilgrims and banished persons, without house or home; and therefore the prophet here professes that God himself more immediately by his extraordinary providence, for many ages together had protected them, and been as it were a mansion house unto them; that is, the more they were deprived of these ordinary comforts of this life, the more was God present with them, supplying by his extraordinary and immediate providence what they wanted in regard of ordinary means. Psalm 90 clearly describes this conundrum of human life and powerfully gives a word of hope to the existence and purpose of man. At this point of time I can look back to the days of Moses and Joshua and David, and descending thence to the days of the Son of God upon earth, and of Paul and Peter, and all the saints of the Church down to the present hour; and what a thousand years avouched to Moses, three thousand now avouch to me: the Lord is the dwelling place of those that trust in him from generation to generation. That great Being who, during the lapse of three thousand years, amidst the countless changes of the universe, has to this day remained unchanged, is MY God. I invite you then to Where dwelt our fathers a hundred generations since, there dwell we still. Answer: Psalm 90 marks the beginning of Book Four of Psalms. Psalm 100 – A Psalm of Thanksgiving for All Lands. The near and dear relation between God and his people, so that they mutually dwell in each other. For the Hebrew word !w[m properly signifies a dwelling place, as when the Scripture says, "In Zion is his dwelling place", where this word (Maon) is used. God, the Dwelling Place: Psalm 90:1 Whole Psalm. Invite the group to read Psalm 90:1- 12 responsively if you have access to a hymnal with a Psalter that includes these verses. Parkhurst, Jr. 1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. 3 You turn men back to dust, saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men." A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. The lxx misses the meaning when it brings over אל from Psalm 90:2, and reads אל־תּשׁב. He dwelt also visibly in Zion, but the place is changed. From the remotest period his name has been attached to it, and almost every Biblical scholar, from Jerome down to Hengstenberg, has agreed to accept it as a prayer of that "man of God" whose name it has always carried. Commentary on Psalm 90:1-6 (Read Psalm 90:1-6) It is supposed that this psalm refers to the sentence passed on Israel in the wilderness, Numbers 14. Book Four From Everlasting to Everlasting - A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. Psalm 90 is the 90th psalm from the Book of Psalms.In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 89 in a slightly different numbering system. --William Bradshaw, 1621. The due consideration of this point may minister matter of great joy and comfort to such children of God as are thoroughly humbled with the consideration of man's mortality in general, or of theirs whom they rely and depend upon in special. Moses inverts this, and affirms, we are inhabitants and masters in this house. The only division which will be useful separates the contemplation Psalms 90:1 - 11 from the Psalms 90:12-17 there is indeed no need to make even this break, for the unity is well preserved throughout. Moses begins with the declaration of the Majesty of the Lord (Adonai) but when he arrives at Ps 90:13, he opens his prayer with the Name of grace and covenanted mercy to Israel -- JEHOVAH; and he sums up all in Psalms 90:17 , with a supplication for the manifestation of the beauty ~[n of "the Lord our God" (JEHOVAH, ELOHIM). Verse 1. Eternally. Verse 1. If man be ephemeral, God is eternal. Acts 17:28 - For in him we live and move and have our being. Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the saints dwell in their God, and have always done so in all ages. Psalm 90:1-6. -- The comfort of the believer against the miseries of this short life is taken from the decree of their election, and the eternal covenant of redemption settled in the purpose and counsel of the blessed Trinity for their behoof, wherein it was agreed before the world was, that the Word to be incarnate, should be the Saviour of the elect: for here the asserting of the eternity of God is with relation to his own chosen people; for Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations, and thou art God from everlasting to everlasting, is in substance thus much: -- Thou art from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable God in purpose and affection toward us thy people, and so thou art our God from everlasting, in regard of thy eternal purpose of love, electing us, and in regard of thy appointing redemption for us by the Redeemer. Lord, you have been our dwelling place BOOK IV (Psalms 90–106) Psalm 90 God’s Eternity and Human Frailty . --G.R. Moses therefore wished to exhibit the most certain life, when he said, God is our dwelling place, not the earth, not heaven, not paradise, but simply God himself. Wrapped, one might say, in mystery, until the distant day of revelation should come, there is here conveyed the doctrine of Immortality; for in the very complaint of the brevity of the life of man, and of the sadness of these, his few years of trouble, and their brevity, and their gloom, there is brought into contrast the Divine immutability; and yet it is in terms of a submissive piety: the thought of a life eternal is here in embryo. Ps 119:114 - You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. Duraimony Dickson on Aug 1, 2020. based on 1 rating. But Moses wishes to speak with such great care that he may shew that all our hopes have been placed most securely in God, and that they who are about to pray to this God may be assured that they are not afflicted in this work in vain, nor die, since they have God as a place of refuge, and the divine Majesty as a dwelling place, in which they may rest secure for ever. --James Hamilton. Five Questions for Discussion follow the Bible Lesson Commentary. --James Hamilton. "Our dwelling place", etc. When a monk, it often happened to me when I read this Psalm, that I was compelled to lay the book out of my hand. He is ever the same, and the wants of the soul substantially are over the same. It seems to have been inspired by Israel's wandering in the desert, which was punishment for their disobedience at the borders of the Promised Land (Numbers 13—14). This psalm is simply titled A Psalm of Thanksgiving, and it is the only psalm in the collection to bear this title.It speaks of an invitation to the whole earth to know and to worship God. So are you saying that the "eternal perspective" actually refers to an ongoing existence for Judaism, not to an NT hope for everlasting life? Yes; he was casting in his mind how God had been the refuge of Jacob and Isaac, of Abraham, Noah, and all the patriarchs. This exordium breathes life, and pertains to a certain hope of the resurrection and of eternal life. Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. The NT expresses this idea in similar ways..". Moses was peculiarly a man of God and God's man; chosen of God, inspired of God, honoured of God, and faithful to God in all his house, he well deserved the name which is here given him. Moses, in effect, says -- wanderers though we be in the howling wilderness, yet we find a home in thee, even as our forefathers did when they came out of Ur of the Chaldees and dwelt in tents among the Canaanites. Scripture: Psalm 90:14. That would make this the oldest text in the collection of Psalms. The favour and protection of God are the only sure rest and comfort of the soul in this evil world. Lord. Originally. The remainder of Psalm 90 gives details about God’s wrath against sin and about the meaning of life. We must consider the whole Psalm as written for the tribes in the desert, and then we shall see the primary meaning of each verse. Moses was mighty in word as well as deed, and this Psalm we believe to be one of his weighty utterances, worthy to stand side by side with his glorious oration recorded in Deuteronomy. This was not the only prayer of Moses, indeed it is but a specimen of the manner in which the seer of Horeb was leant to commune with heaven, and intercede for the good of Israel. He that by faith chooses God for his protector, shall find all in him that he needs or can desire. --Isaac Taylor. The first and fourth stanzas show how our fleeting lives can have meaning and value: 2. The Psalm is described in the title as a prayer. Title. Okay, thanks. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. ( Deuteronomy 32:7 ), and we may be sure that he was also looking beyond them when he indited the song, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Psalm 90 is the oldest psalm, written by Moses by the year 1440 BC. -- Martin Luther. Verse 1. A prayer of Moses. Yes; and to him who was the refuge of a Moses and an Abraham, I too in the day of trouble can lift my hands. God created the earth for beasts to inhabit, the sea for fishes, the air for fowls, and heaven for angels and stars, so that man hath no place to dwell and abide in but God alone. We have not shifted our abode. --David Dickson. | … Yes - I believe Moses is talking about our present life lived on earth which is confirmed by the reference to past generations also having their dwelling place in God. are just like yesterday when it is past, like a watch in the night. Scripture: Matthew 13:44, Psalm 90:14. wn) is an abode, of God, men, animals, a retreat, and so could be stretched to hiding place, but is primarily a dwelling place. – This psalm inspired Isaac Watts to write “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past.” – It is a psalm of praise (1-2), lament (3-12) and prayer (13-17). With this one Psalm only in view -- if it were required of us to say, in brief, what we mean by the phrase -- "The Spirit of the Hebrew Poetry" -- we find our answer well condensed in this sample. Evaluate Your Day Before It Begins. The burning bush, the fiery furnace of Egypt, the Red Sea, Pharaoh with his chariots of war, and the weary march of Israel through the wilderness, were all before him; and in all of them he had experienced that "God is the Rock, his work perfect, all his ways judgment" ( Deuteronomy 32:4 ). I was looking at the Greek. For it is a much clearer and more luminous expression to say, Believers dwell in God, than that God dwells in them. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. True in its conception of the Eternal -- the Sovereign and the Judge; and yet the refuge and hope of men, who, notwithstanding, the most severe trials of their faith, lose not their confidence in him; but who, in the firmness of faith, pray for, as if they were predicting, a near at hand season of refreshment. A) A Vision of God destroys self-confidence (Psalm 90:1-6) B) A Vision of God reveals our sin (Psalm 90:7-12) C) A Vision of God begins a Work of God (Psalm 90:13-17) Jesus said, "My will is to do the will of my Father." 2 Peter 1:4 - Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. Many seem to beg God's help in prayer, but are not protected by him: they seek it only in a storm, and when all other means and refuges fail them. Title. Moses was an old and much tried man, but age and experience had taught him that, amidst the perpetual changes which are taking place in the universe, one thing at least remains immutable, even the faithfulness of him who is "from everlasting to everlasting God." O lord, you have been our habitation in all generations. Psalm 90 – The Prayer of Moses in the Wilderness. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Many attempts have been made to prove that Moses did not write this Psalm, but we remain unmoved in the conviction that he did so. Since he calls God, who is eternal, our habitation, or to speak more clearly, our place of refuge, to whom fleeing we may be in safety. Our dwelling place. Rom 13:14 - clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. EXPOSITION. 1. 2 Cor 3:18 - And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. Hengstenberg. If after this manner you take this Psalm it will become sweet, and seem in all respects most useful. No taint is there in this Psalm of the pride and petulance -- the half uttered blasphemy -- the malign disputing or arraignment of the justice or goodness of God, which have so often shed a venomous colour upon the language of those who have writhed in anguish, personal or relative. I. SUBJECT AND DIVISIONS. This is the oldest of the Psalms, and stands between two books of Psalms as a composition unique in its grandeur, and alone in its sublime antiquity. The soul, once returned to this home, never leaves it: "it shall go no more out for ever.". of Remember that the Lord is eternal. At all times. The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Series) for November 14, 2010 , is from Psalm 90:1-12; in addition, I have added to the Bible Lesson Forum a commentary on Psalm 90:13-17 , to complete the Psalm. This psalm is titled A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Our earthly lives will not last long, and we need wisdom to prepare for what follows. A. Ps 32:7 - You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. --Thomas Manton. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place. Many generations of mourners have listened to this Psalm when standing around the open grave, and have been consoled thereby, even when they have not perceived its special application to Israel in the wilderness and have failed to remember the far higher ground upon which believers now stand. Prepare the group to encounter Psalm 90 by reading or retelling the Introduction from Understanding the Scripture. Life has meaning and value if we have a relationship with the eternal God and if we have God’s blessing upon our life and work. There is then that depth of feeling -- mournful, reflective, and yet hopeful and trustful, apart from which poetry can win for itself no higher esteem than what we bestow upon other decorative arts, which minister to the demands of luxurious sloth. Eph 4:15 - Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, Phil 2:5 - Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. The only thing that should consume us is the accomplishment of our Father's will. 1. The Mysteris Of God. Men of God are sure to be men of prayer. --E.W. “Our dwelling place”: God is our … The condition of Israel in the wilderness is so preeminently illustrative of each verse, and the turns, expressions, and words are so similar to many in the Pentateuch, that the difficulties suggested are, to our mind, light as air in comparison with the internal evidence in favour of its Mosaic origin. Lord, thou hast been our … Verse 1-2. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Psalm 90. I can do no more. Marshall Segal May 17, 2017 6.3K Shares Article. A prayer of Moses. Alexander. If so, it is one of the oldest poems in the world. Experimentally. Are you saying that the Psalm has a more temporal, generational hope? California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Observe the change of the divine names in this Psalm. Psalm 90:1, ESV: "A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations." In either case there are nearly five centuries between. Title. Not in the tabernacle or the temple do we dwell, but in God himself; and this we have always done since there was a church in the world. Psalm 90:1 New Living Translation (NLT) Book four (Psalms 90–106) Psalm 90 A prayer of Moses, the man of God. The soul is not at home elsewhere. "You have been our dwelling place in all generations.". Verse 1. A Prayer of Moses, the man of God. The 90th Psalm might be cited as perhaps the most sublime of human compositions -- the deepest in feeling -- the loftiest in theologic conception -- the most magnificent in its imagery. This magnificent composition gives evidence, not merely as to the mental qualities of the writer, but as to the tastes and habits of the writer's contemporaries, his hearers, and his readers; on these several points -- first, the free and customary command of a poetic diction, and its facile imagery, so that whatever the poetic soul would utter, the poet's material is near at hand for his use. It is most sweet to speak with the Lord as Moses did, saying, "Lord, thou art our dwelling place", and it is wise to draw from the Lord's eternal condescension reasons for expecting present and future mercies, as the Psalmist did in the next Psalm wherein he describes the safety of those who dwell in God. It is of New Testament saints that the Holy Ghost has said, "He that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in God and God in him!" Go to the Palatine and see how the Caesars are forgotten of the halls which echoed to their despotic mandates, and resounded with the plaudits of the nations over which they ruled, and then look upward and see in the ever living Jehovah the divine home of the faithful, untouched by so much as the finger of decay. Verse 1. Kings' palaces have vanished beneath the crumbling hand of time -- they have been burned with fire and buried beneath mountains of ruins, but the imperial race of heaven has never lost its regal habitation. Psalm 90:12(HCSB) Verse Thoughts Too often we think in terms of years and make plans for the far distant future, and yet we are instructed to live one day at a time and not to even worry ourselves about the needs of tomorrow, for each day has sufficient trouble of its own. Now the prophet herein seems to note a special and more immediate providence of God: (for of all kind of people they seemed to be most forsaken and forlorn); that whereas the rest of the world seemed to have their habitations and mansions rooted in the earth, and so to dwell upon the earth; to live in cities and walled towns in all wealth and state; God's people were as it were without house and home. A relationship with the eternal God gives life meaning and value (90:1-2). Whole Psalm. There is, moreover, as we might say, underlying this poem, from the first line to the last, the substance of philosophic thought, apart from which, expressed or understood, poetry is frivolous, and is not in harmony with the seriousness of human life: this Psalm is of a sort which Plato would have written, or Sophocles -- if only the one or the other of these minds had possessed a heaven descended Theology. Moses may be considered as the first composer of sacred hymns. Although some difficulties have been started, there seems no reason to doubt that this Psalm is the composition of Moses. Ps 91:9 - Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place. Proud member But because a house is for the purpose of safety, it results, that this word has the meaning of a refuge or place of refuge. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 1 Cor 2:16 - But we have the mind of Christ. This Psalm, undoubtedly, is centuries older than the moralizing of that time when the Jewish mind had listened to what it could never bring into a true assimilation with its own mind -- the abstractions of the Greek Philosophy. Matthew Westerholm Aug 9, 2018 2.8K Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Psalm 90 seems to be about the brevity and transience of human life in contrast to God's eternity: [Psa 90:1-17 ASV] (1) A Prayer of Moses the man of God. The Eternality of God: Psalm 90:1-2 As Moses begins to discuss the eternality of God and the transitoriness of man, he begins with the divine side of the equation, the eternal God. That is to say, compared with this ancient hymn the other Psalms are as much more modern as Tennyson and Longfellow are more modern than Chaucer. Psalm 90:1 Translation & Meaning. This isn't clear to me: "...but we have the promise, as well, of eternity with in the future. But the psalm does not leave us in despair. ; Before the mountains were brought forth, yea, before the earth and the world were formed, even from eternity to eternity, you are god! We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. 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