Time

November 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Psalm 90 is one of the great poems among the Psalms, and it is the only one associated with Moses.  It is a poem about God’s relationship with human beings from the perspective of time.  God is God “from everlasting to everlasting” (90:2), and for God “a thousand years (is)… like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night” (90:4).  On the other hand, human beings are “like the new grass of the morning (that)… springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered” (90:6).  Therefore, we are the mortal ones totally dependent on God for strength today and hope tomorrow.  The future belongs to God, not to us.  Time is His.  And this does not mean that the only meaningful thing left for us is to enjoy today as much as we can, because tomorrow I may be dead.  We are not denying our mortality, but rather find hope in the midst of our mortality.  It is a hope that does not work with the calculations of our limited understanding of time, but a hope rooted in God’s ability to give new life that stretches beyond the limitations of our mortality.

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