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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Much Better

Today's Verse:

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. ~Psalm 90:12

 

Psalm 90 is a psalm written by Moses. The very inscription tells us it is a prayer of Moses. It is likely that Moses prayed this prayer after Israel failed to trust in God’s promise to give them Canaan, the land of promise. Moses, as a man of God, was deeply concerned about the large number of people he was leading and how spiritually immature and carnal they were. Moses prayed for that which is much better.

 

There is the endless devotion.

“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.” Moses looked back and declared how God had been the habitation and dwelling place for Israel. God had been the foundation and fellowship for their faith from the days of his spiritual forefathers. He considered the devotion of Abraham, who was the father of the Hebrew race and was called the friend of God. He thought of Isaac, who reclaimed his father’s wells and dug new wells in the land of the Philistines. He thought of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel. He thought of Joseph and how he became a savior to the world of his time. Each one of these patriarchs was marked by a faith that was unmovable and a devotion that was unstoppable. Just as his forefathers had such a powerful faith in God, Moses was powerfully proclaiming faith in God in his generation.

 

There is the essential doctrine.

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Fathom the doctrine of God. He is everlasting. He is infinite. He is timeless. He is eternal. He is unchangeable. God is all truth and cannot lie. He is a God of justice and a God of mercy. He is the God Who is immortal, invisible, and only wise God. He is not to be compared to, competed with, or contradicted. Thou art God! The very implication is that God is absolute, all-powerful, and to be adored without reservation. Moses had seen God at work in the plagues against Egypt. He saw the powerful parting of the Red Sea and the daily provision of manna from Heaven. Thou art God!

 

There was the evil departure.

Israel doubted God. They asked, “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” They complained and murmured about God’s leading and provision. They rebelled against Moses and God. They were given over to carnal desires. They complained that they wanted to go back to Egypt. They desired that which was less than best.

 

There is the earnest desire.

So, Moses prayed for Israel to choose that which is better. He asked for wisdom on how to live their days to the glory of God. He prayed that they would live for the eternal and not the temporal. He prayed for their repentance towards God. He prayed that God would make His face to shine upon them once again. He prayed for God’s mercies in their life and that they would rejoice always in the Lord. He prayed that God would bless and work through their efforts. In effect, he was praying that they would do that which is better.

 

They needed God and His presence in their lives in a desperate way. They needed to get back on track in putting God first in all things. They needed to do that which was better.

 

Don’t be distracted or discouraged by what you see or if things don’t go the way that you think that they should. Keep your focus on that which is much better.

 

Have a devoted God Morning!


Bible Reading Schedule: Job 17-20

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