This one is a bit whinny

5 Jul

I takes a couple of times reading through Psalm 90 to get what the writer is trying to say.  At least it did for me. 

It starts by praising the eternal nature of God and how God has been our dwelling place.

1-2 God, it seems you’ve been our home forever;
    long before the mountains were born,
Long before you brought earth itself to birth,
    from “once upon a time” to “kingdom come”—you are God.

After this brief opening of praise comes a lot of begging for God’s patience.  The psalmist says God should have a lot of patience since time really doesn’t mean a lot to God and our lives are short.

“So don’t return us to mud, saying,
    “Back to where you came from!”
Patience! You’ve got all the time in the world—whether
    a thousand years or a day, it’s all the same to you.
Are we no more to you than a wispy dream,
    no more than a blade of grass
That springs up gloriously with the rising sun
    and is cut down without a second thought?
Your anger is far and away too much for us;
    we’re at the end of our rope.
You keep track of all our sins; every misdeed
    since we were children is entered in your books.
All we can remember is that frown on your face.
    Is that all we’re ever going to get?
We live for seventy years or so
    (with luck we might make it to eighty),
And what do we have to show for it? Trouble.
    Toil and trouble and a marker in the graveyard.
Who can make sense of such rage,
    such anger against the very ones who fear you?

So, have you ever felt that way about life, “toil and trouble and a maker in the graveyard.”?  I think it is akinda whinny to me and not really anything I have ever felt about my life.  Of course, I am constantly aware of the ease of my life – flush toilets alone are a great invention.  Anyway, the psalm writer is obviously not doing well.

Then comes the request; for instruction, for better days, and affirmation of the work that is done. 

Oh! Teach us to live well!
    Teach us to live wisely and well!
Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?—
    and treat your servants with kindness for a change.
Surprise us with love at daybreak;
    then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.
Make up for the bad times with some good times;
    we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.
Let your servants see what you’re best at—
    the ways you rule and bless your children.
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
    confirming the work that we do.
    Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!

I like the line that says, “Surprise us with love at daybreak; then we will skip and dance all day long.”  Would that be a great phrase to have running around in your head all day long.  Well, better than the whining anyway.

The Orioles are playing the Yankees.  I hope there will not be any whining tonight.  Peace


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