Psalm 90 is the oldest psalm in history. It is a psalm about the man Moses. It was written while he wandered in the wilderness. It is the prayer of a man who never entered God’s Promised Land, Canaan, which is a picture of a blessed, victorious life. For forty years he wandered with God’s people in the wilderness. This is a psalm for people who feel that life has lost its meaning. Many people are wandering without purpose in the wilderness, living in the desert of life. For them life has lost its meaning and they are unable to see the Promised Land.
This is not unusual, for many of us have been there before. It is not unending, because God never lets us wander for long. Neither is it unnoticed, for God sees our lives. He said to Isaiah, “I have etched you on the palms of my hands.”
Out in the wilderness, leading a tedious, monotonous, routine life, Moses realized three things. They are all found in Psalm 90. First, he saw God’s majesty. He said, Lord, you have been our dwelling place for all generations.” We all should realize such a truth. God has seen us through some wilderness days, and He will see us through the problems of life, if we let Him be our dwelling place.
Second, Moses saw the mortality of life. He realized how short life was, and that soon he would be gone. We live our lives “as a tale that is told.”
Thirdly, he remembered God’s loving mercy. Oh, that we all see God’s majesty, realize our mortality, and seek God’s mercy. There is a Canaan for every Christian. My prayer is that we each realize God’s majesty, our mortality, and God’s mercy that we may live a blessed, victorious life in Jesus.