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December 28, 2011, 12:26 PM

Sermon Homework



I have an assignment for those of you who will be present in worship on Sunday.  The text will be from Psalm 90.  The only psalm explicitly identified with Moses.  I want you to read this psalm over several times and reflect on what it has to say to us in the upcoming new year.  What is the wisdom here?  What are the cautions?  What are the blessings of hearing with a willing heart?

Try breaking the psalm up into three parts (as I will do on Sunday):  90:1-6; 90:7-11; and 90:12-17.  Try to summarize the gist of each section.  How do they fit together?  There is a message here!  And we need this for the upcoming year.

Here are a few of the salient thoughts in this psalm:

  • Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (90:1-2 ESV).
  • ...A thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. (90:4 ESV).
  • You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. (90:8 ESV).
  • The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. (90:10 ESV).
  • ...Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. (90:12 ESV).

And finally, for good measure, this:  Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! (90:17 ESV).

 


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