GOOD MORNING SIBLINGS!
We have a whole passel of Psalms to read today!
Today’s readings arePsalm 90-95 and GUESS WHAT?
One of my favorite Biblical authors makes an appearance again today!
Psalm 90 is the only Psalm attributed to Moses, whose name was actually Moshe when transliterated from Hebrew, pronounced “Moshay”. Put that in your back pocket and buy me a cup of coffee if it ever wins you a million dollars on a game show!
You will likely recognize a lot of phrases that are often quoted from this Psalm. In fact, this Psalm and parts of it, are often part of Sabbath prayers among Believers today. When you consider that the Psalm itself is written as a prayer and the significance of the author, this is completely understandable. In fact, it is difficult to read this and not feel some of the same awe we felt when reading some of the other books attributed to Moses, books in which YHWH Himself speaks and that He personally directed (with His audible voice!) Moses to write.
It begins with a beautiful, true, and poetic reminder of just where we actually reside. Though we may seem to be in this world, we as a part of the people of YHWH have been uprooted, cast out, even enslaved from time to time in history.
The true dwelling place of those who place their trust in YHWH will always remain with Him – all other dwellings and situations being temporary.
We are reminded of this during the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot as some (including my family) call it. That is just one of the many tangible spiritual lessons the Biblical feasts teach us and remind us of each time they are celebrated.
Psalm 90:7-11 For perspective on some of this, keep in mind that it was written by Moses, whose assignment was to lead the Israelites out of bondage from Egypt, and then to lead them in the desert during their time of waiting for the Father to allow them to enter the promised land.
Time and again, they witnessed firsthand the power of YHWH, even heard His voice, and time and again they turned from Him. There is a frustrated cry present in these verses that is entirely understandable by the most patient among us, but I don’t see the frustration aimed at the Father at all, but at His people.
I think most of us can easily relate today.
Psalm 90:12 After all of this, Moses asks the Father, with such wisdom “So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Wow.
That the Father would teach us to consider how short our time in this life is, that we would not waste it with worldly pursuits or chasing after foolish wisdom and ignorant doctrines of men (Matthew 15:9), or glorifying ourselves, seeking pleasure in the sinful ways of the world. But to get a heart of wisdom – The Father is the source of truth and wisdom.
May we spend our time seeking His wisdom over our own.
-Hosea 4:6 My people perish for lack of knowledge
-Isaiah 5:21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes…
Interesting fact: Moses used YHWH’s personal name once in this Psalm in verse 90:13. Most translations let us know where His personal name originally was (but has been removed by the translators) by using an all caps LORD.
You can read the front matter of your Bible to see what your translation uses to replace the personal name of YHWH. Recall that the Father first revealed His personal name to Moses in Exodus 3:15 (you’ll have to use the interlinear function on Biblehub to see this since most translations have removed it) but if it had not been removed from the Bible, God’s personal name would be read by us over 6000 times in the course of our reading from Genesis to Revelation.
That is over 6000 times YHWH meant for us to read His name!
Psalm 91 Speaks of the security of trusting in YHWH. This Psalm should teach us of a boldness of following YHWH. Why should we fear the rejection of this world, regardless of who that comes from, if we know that we are following YHWH and walking in obedience to Him? This is often easier said than done, which is why wonderful Psalms like this should be read!
Psalm 92, A Song for the Sabbath – What a wonderful song of praise, most surely sang or recited on the Sabbath, which was instituted by YHWH in Genesis 2:2-3, when He blessed it and made it Holy. This Psalm rightfully exalts our Father as steadfast, righteous, and with wisdom and decrees that stand eternally. Sometimes, we claim that He has changed (though this directly contradicts His very words) in order to justify following our own wisdom. As Psalm 92:13 says, may we all be planted in the house of YHWH and flourish in the courts of our God!
Psalm 93 – oh my goodness!!! Reiterating so much about the Father, this psalm speaks of His strength, His majesty, His unmovable and everlasting throne! Recall in Malachi 3:6 He said “I am YHWH, I do not change.” as we read “Your decrees are trustworthy, holiness befits your house, YHWH, forevermore”. ~ Psalm 93:5
For more insight into the last verse, Psalm 93:5, I encourage you to take a moment to look at different translations for it in Biblehub. You can do so at this link:
Psalm 94 is a lament from someone regarding the wickedness around them from culprits who feel certain they are untouchable and can escape punishment indefinitely. But the Father’s wisdom and protection is described, praised, and even explained.
Psalm 95 is a psalm of praise that turns to warning about Believers who harden their hearts to the words of the Father upon hearing His voice. It is a sad tale that I’m sure all of us have been guilty of. May we soften our hearts to the voice of the Father and heed His voice above all others!
These are some powerful readings today! I feel energized, emboldened for the Father, and excited to have the gift of His word in my life. I hope you feel the same!
Test everything, hold tight to what is good.~ 1 Thess 5:21
We are saved by Grace alone: Obedience is not the root of our salvation, it is the fruit!
May YHWH bless the reading of His Word!