Thursday, June 9, 2016

A continuation of PSALM 90
That's XC to Roman Numeralists
Another reason to love this Psalm, because it is so affirming!
But first it sorts through a little dirty laundry...


Thou hast placed our iniquities before Thee,
Our secret sins in the light of Thy presence...
We have finished our years like a sign (whisper).
As for the days of our life,
they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years.
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away...
So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom...

'I'll fly away, O glory, I'll fly away,
When I die, hallelujah!
I'll fly away."

Won't be any pins to pinch us here before we fly away!
In the meanwhile, our prayer is that God will teach us to number our days, to make them count.   After He has cleansed us from even our secret sins in the light of His presence, sigh,
we can give our complete heart to God to fill with His thoughts, His wisdom.

"Those (secret sins) committed in darkness and privacy are easily discovered by Thee, being shewn by the splendours of Thy face shining upon then.  Thus we light a candle, and bring it into a dark place, to discover its contents.  O what can be hidden from the all-seeing eye of God!  Darkness is no darkness to Him: wherever He comes there is a profusion of light,--for God is light!"
(Adam Clarke)

"Some of our years are as a pleasant story, others as a tragical one...but all short and transient: that which was long in the doing may be told in a short time. 
Every year passed as a tale that is told."
(Matthew Henry)



The Vulgate: "Our years pass away like those of the spider."
The Hebrew: "We consume our years, like a groan."
The Psalter: "Als the iran (spider) makes vayne webe for to take flees (flies) with gile,
swa oure yeres ere ockupide in ydel and swikel castes about erthly thynges;
and passes with outen frute of gude werks, and waste in ydel thynkyns."

O satisfy us in the morning with Thy lovingkindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad according to the days Thou hast afflicted us,
And the years we have seen evil.
Let Thy work appear to Thy servants,
And Thy majesty to their children.
And let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us
(Let the beauty of the Lord be upon us);
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
(*give permanence: this concept is so good He repeats it for us.
The capitalization is my idea however.)
"Oh satisfy us in the morning..."
"Let us have Thy mercy soon, (literally in the morning.) 
Let it now shine upon us, and it shall seem as the morning of our days..."
(Adam Clarke)
The beauty of this is we can live in the light of mornings,
have His mercy soon and fresh every day allotted to us,
"that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days...
Let the beauty of the Lord be upon us...
Confirm the work of our hands."
This work may refer to the rebuilding of the temple, but it is, I believe, a challenge to all of us for finding significance in our labor, even artistically.  There is a characteristic by which art is judged, and that is of "permanence."  This is what it means "confirm" the work of our hands.  Also,
there is a special meaning given to the original artists called forth to build the temple...


"Then Moses called Bezalel and Oholiah, and every skillful (wise of heart) person in whom the Lord has put skill  (wisdom) and understanding to know how to perform the work in the construction of the sanctuary...And all the skillful men (wise) who were performing all the work of the sanctuary came"
(Exodus 36: 1-4)
 Their work was deemed as wisdom: art, wisdom, permanence.  Maybe this is a hint of what is meant by "Let Thy works appear to Thy servants, And Thy majesty to their children," is that we have an invitation of sorts--I'm going out on a limb here--to join God's works by God confirming our work so its permanence will last to bless our children.  Hmm.  Think about God the Father and Jesus the Son in Creation when Christ said...

 "Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; 
And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him,
Rejoicing in the world, His earth,
And having my delight in the sons of men."

Now that is some kind of work for a master workman: delight, rejoicing.  (It was only after sin that the curse was upon the garden that we would have the sweat of the work upon our brow.)  O truly, do you think we have an invitation here to join Him, to sing for joy and be glad all our days....with the beauty of the Lord upon us, confirming the work of our hands?  I hope so.  It gives significance to what we do that shall last into eternity, or at least be passed down to our children.  Amen?  Amen!

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