Daily D – Psalm 90:14
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. (NIV)
Surprise us with love at daybreak;
then we’ll sing and dance all the day long.
Moses tells us, “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night,” (Psalm 90:4). In this same song and in the third stanza (verse 12), he says to God, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
This psalm tells a story of the brevity of life. It also tells a story of the meaning of life. Life is a pilgrimage, a journey, a path. Paths have beginnings. Journeys have destinations. Pilgrimage leads to transformation. Who we are at the end of the story is vastly different from who we are at the beginning.
The first part of Moses’ journey lands him in the lap of luxury as a prince of Egypt. The second part lands him in the wilderness as a fugitive from justice. The third part ends with one last mountain to climb and one amazing sight to see.
Are you on a path, a journey, or a pilgrimage today?
It’s Sunday morning as I write these words. Psalm 90:14 is entirely appropriate no matter if we are on a path, a journey, or a pilgrimage. Today is the day the LORD has made. Let’s enjoy it. Let’s sing his praises.
Someone recently commented on this verse and emphasized the reality this is the only day we have. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow never comes. Today, this day, is our only space to live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). This is a day of worship and rest. It is a day of re:Creation.
This morning’s responsibility leads me to stand in for a pastor whose father is in poor health. Gazing at their individual and collective pilgrimages from a distance reminds us of the privilege of praise. It reminds to make the most of this opportunity in the land called Today. We mark out our path. We step into this part of the journey. We discover transformation as time and eternity reveal how intertwined they truly are.
Verse 14 in the NIV begins with the word, Satisfy. The Message uses the word, Surpise. Here is how I am praying for you and for me: May God surprise us with songs that make us sing and dance in praise of his glory. May he satisfy us with love that never ends and new delights day by day.
I will find my daily satisfaction in God’s good gifts.
Our Father, surprise us with songs that make us sing and dance in our worship today. Satisfy us with love that never ends and new delights this day, this time and space, this geography of reality. Lead us into increasing measures of transformation in this pilgrimage. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.