Psalm 90: Bible Study Guide.


A Worship Guide corresponding with today’s Bible Reading Plan: Psalm 89/ “Teach Us to Number Our Days”/ 19-BSG-89A: (Psalm 90:1-17)/ Hymn: All to Jesus I surrender; all to Him I freely give! (SDAH 309)

EXPLORATION: Teach us to number our Days (Ec 9:10; Mt 24:44; Lk 12:35-37; 1 Cor. 1:7-8; 2 Cor. 4:18; Philp. 3:20; Tim. 2:11-13; 1 Pet. 4:7; 2 Pet. 3:11)

REFLECTION: This psalm begins Book Four. “Ps. 90 has been described as a melody of God’s power and purpose, with undertones decrying the frailty and transitoriness of man. It is probably the most magnificent poem ever written on the vanity of human life, in the light of the poet’s vivid faith in the promises of God, (SDABC 3 p. 841). God is eternal but man is mortal, (vv. 1-4). We are consumed by God’s anger because of our sin. Our lives are like grass, fresh at sunrise, withered and dry at sunset (vv. 5-6). Our days are numbered; we are given an average of 70 years (v. 10). God sees all our iniquities, both secret and open (vv. 7-8); our days are filled with pain and trouble (vv. 9-11). The chapter ends with sevenfold petition.

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: There are seven things that are requested from God—teach, return (revoke Your sentence), satisfy, gladden, manifest, beautify, and establish. “So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. Return, O Lord! How long? And have compassion on Your servants. Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, That we may rejoice and be glad all our days! Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us, The years in which we have seen evil. Let Your work appear to Your servants, And Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:12–17, NKJV)

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this chapter should inspires us to do? [1] Acknowledge God’s love and care: He is our dwelling place, our refuge, our home, our security (Ps. 90:1); [2] Acknowledge that He is the Creator (Ps. 90:2); [3] Be humble! Recognize the problems of human mortality (Ps. 90:3-11); [4] Appeal for God’s mercy and help, (Ps. 90:12-17).

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the Lord say to me this morning? My son/ daughter, I am the LORD GOD. I am your Creator. “Before the mountains were brought forth” I was there! “Even from everlasting to everlasting, I am GOD.” (Psalm 90:1, 2). “Before I formed you in the womb I knew (and) approved of you” (Jer. 1:5). What is your problem today? Is your burden heavy and no one seems carrying enough? Are you tired; Are discouraged? Come to Me, and I will help you.

TODAY’S COMMITMENT: I will plead with the Lord: to teach me, to return (revoke His sentence), to satisfy me, to make me glad, to manifest His power, to see the beauty of the LORD, and to establish the work of my hands.

Have A Blessed Day: “Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me; All His wonderful passion and purity; O Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine; Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.” [Author: Albert Orsborn]