May 31 – Praying Through the Psalms – Psalm 90

Read Psalm 90:1-17

Do you ever catch yourself wandering down the road of worry and “what-if?” It’s easy to let ourselves slip into thinking so far ahead that we lose ourselves amidst the unknown. I remember being a small child laying in bed at night, on multiple occasions, dreading the fact that I had to grow up. I cried at the thought of growing old and losing the things around me that I knew to be true. My parents would explain to me that growing up and entering new phases of life was how life worked. In our humanity we are unable to stay in any moment forever, and yet this Psalm reminds us, that in that truth, God has been and will be our dwelling place from everlasting to everlasting (v. 1-2). Though our moments are fleeting, our God remains steadfast. In each new phase of life, in each new day, in each new moment- God upholds us with exactly what we need.

I think this Psalm reminds us of our frailty in comparison to God’s strength and might. He is in control of our days and our future. We need only trust that he’ll provide for each new day exactly what is needed. As you pray through this psalm, I encourage you to reflect on these things.

God is everlasting and never changing. Verses 1 and 2 remind us of this truth. Claim this truth over your heart and your circumstances!

We are weak, but he renews us day by day. “Like the new grass of the morning: in the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered.” Rest in the truth that he provides for us each new morning. (v. 3-6)

God is all powerful, and all knowing. He numbers our days and he knows each one of them- our shortcomings, our sorrows, our fears. He knows them all, and he is with us through each one. (v. 7-12)

He is good. He satisfies our every need! “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” ALL our days!

I hope that this Psalm brings you the comfort and freedom it does me. Let us remember that though we think we see comfort in the “known,” God is steadfast and everlasting amidst the unknown. He goes before and provides for us each step of the way.

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.”

Brooke Spengler

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