A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.1Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.2Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3You return man to dust
and say,"Return, O children of man!"
4For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
I am finding that a heart set on the Lord does not despise Him in time of suffering and trouble, on the contrary, I find that it actually through these very kinds of struggles that the anchors go deep and hold fast. That the eternal character of God is not questioned but rather confirmed and made resoundingly clear. How could the God that was, has been today, and will always be suddenly abscond from the very duty in which he finds such great delight- embracing the broken; I think that the one who created everything will not separate himself from his creation but rather searches for ways to reveal himself in it. He is everlasting to everlasting.
12(T) So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13(U) Return, O LORD!(V) How long?
Have(W) pity on your servants!
There is something profound in seeing ourselves for who and what we are. One thing that Caleb told me this summer was that personal humility is simply having an accurate perspective of yourself. It is not self deprivation and debasement, refusing to acknowledge the person God formed you to be, while it is also not finding any reason to boast outside of what God has done in you. It is so good to know that we are brief, mometary, and quickly passing in the shadow of a God who is moves in and around time. We are nothing without him. As we see ourselves for what we are in his presence, we find not only our true God-given value but understanding as to how to truly live.
14Satisfy us in the(X) morning with your steadfast love,
that we may(Y) rejoice and be glad all our days.
Reading the last passage was such a place of hope. God will satisfy us with the satisfaction that is not temporary or swayed by the temporal, rather is fresh and complete everyday. It is new, waiting to be absorbed if we would only embrace it. Indulging in the Lord will never leave us unsatiated but find that each filling is perfect and yet leaves us longing all the more for it. We find ourselve rejoicing in the love of God and not the pleasures of man.
This a huge prayer of mine for Caleb, that when he recovers and finds that there are new limitations to his physical body, those limitations actually become an entrance into deeper understanding of God's love, something only God can give- but he wants to give it.
15Make us glad for as many days as you have(Z) afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16Let your(AA) work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
17Let the(AB) favor[d] of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish(AC) the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
This just has hope and joy written all over it. As I think that God's plans for Caleb have not been thwarted but rather what good has previously been is merely a germinating seed for what God has instore. We will see God's greatness in this for sure
Well that's all I have to say. Let us keep praying for Caleb in light of the God we serve:
Romans 8:31 "What shall we say to these things? If God is for us who can be against us."