Psalm 90: 1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.” 4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
This psalm is attributed to Moses, which is interesting because it’s the only psalm Moses wrote. So as I’m reading the psalm I’m thinking from the perspective of the one who was sent by God to Egypt to free the Israelites from slavery and journey to the promised land.
“For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past…”
I think Moses is feeling his age here, how quickly life passes as we get older. He was 80 years old when he was first called to Egypt and was 120 years old when he died – having journeyed for 40 years in the wilderness with the people of God. And so toward the end of life it seems the years have flown by. And as Moses reflects on his mortality he ponders the immortality of God.
I recently turned 54 years old. Even writing that number gives me pause because that seems like a large number. Some of you reading this are much older and some much younger, but most would agree that time passes by faster as we get older. For much of my life I have been anticipating what comes next, planning for the next adventure, seeking to attain the next goal.
But more recently I’ve been trying to focus more on the “now”, being present in this moment. Because once this day is past it is gone forever. There’s no going back for a do-over. And so I will lean into today, trying to make the most of it, savor it, be present in it, embrace it as a gift knowing that tomorrow is promised to no one.
Heavenly Father you are indeed Everlasting to Everlasting. I ask for your grace to be fully present today, enjoying the world you created, the people you’ve brought into my life (even if I can’t be with them in-person), doing my part to serve your Kingdom. For today is all I have. Tomorrow is promised to no one. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.