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Psalm 90:1 "Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations."
Moses wrote twelve psalms, songs that the children of Israel were to memorize and recall, in pretty much the same manner that we remember the lyrics of songs today that we learned in days past. Except that in the songs that Moses wrote he encoded messages that would reveal to those living in the end times the events that would befall them. Psalm 90 to 100 record eleven songs and Deuteronomy chapter thirty two records the other one. This is what Moses said about the songs that he wrote:
Deuteronomy 32:46-47 "...Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe—all the words of this law. For it is not a futile thing for you, (memorizing the words) because it is (the story of) your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess."
Notice that Psalm 90 begins with the words our dwelling place in all generations, meaning that within this Psalm we should find encoded an abbreviated history of the human race from our first generation to the last one.
Generations: A revolution of time, an age. From a root word that means; to gyrate (move in a circle). Strong's # 1755 & 1752
I believe that there are 144 generations from Adam and Eve to the last generation, out of which some will be rapture out of this world before that last generation comes to an end, and the rest, those who are left behind, will go through God's refining fire before their time for entering into God's Day of Rest comes to pass for all those who are qualified to enter it after going through His Day of Wrath.
Psalm 90:2 "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God."
Everlasting to everlasting speaks of the time that existed before our present time began which I call Infinity Time, which is also the time place that we will be going to after our present time which I call Eternity Time ends. So that our present existence came out from infinity and it will return back to infinity, after the completion of a gyration of time which is measured as 144 generations.
Everlasting: Concealed, the vanishing point, time out of mind (past or future). From a root word that means; terminus, (by implication) duration, in the sense of advance or perpetuity. Strong's # 5769 & 5703
So that once our present time and space which I call Eternity Time reaches the vanishing point, all the present creation will be done away with by fervent heat, and a new heaven and a new earth will be created and advanced into Infinity Time for perpetuity, with all those humans who passed the test elevated into a new existence as jewels for the crown of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, the son of man, the firstborn over all creation. Those human jewels being formed out of the trials of faith from of all seven dispensations.
Psalm 90:3 "You turn man to destruction, and say, 'Return, O children of men.'"
Verse three deals with the process of turning and returning. Before something can be constructed it first has to be destructed. Before man can be clothed in infinity he first has to experience the nakedness of death; one cannot ascend unless one first descends, that's the principle of creation. A seed cannot germinate unless it dies to self first, then and only then it can transcend. That is the duality of all the creation.
So that within the first three verses of Psalm 90 we see the hidden mystery of time before and time after, the revolutions of time and the product of time.
One hundred and forty four generations in seven dispensations of time turning and returning: 144 + 7 + 2 = 153.
John 21:11 "Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken."
The number one hundred and fifty-three symbolizes the final tally of all the souls that transcend from their mortality into life everlasting: out of every generation and out of every dispensation they were marked for destruction, the destruction of their mortality, into the immortality of their deliverer, the One who conquered death, hell and the grave. The One who has been given a name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord to the glory of God our Father.
Psalm 90:4 "For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night."
In verse four we see the propagation of time from the spiritual vantage point. To us time is set because we are confined to the present, we live from day to day, one day at the time. Not so for the spiritual dwellers, one day for them can mean a thousand years or a fourth of one night.
The idea here is for us to keep life within the proper perspective; life is a process of ebb and flow, starting and ending, waxing and waning. We have a tendency to succumb to the finality of things, when in reality nothing is final until we are finally in His glorious presence. For there the pain ends, the suffering is no more, the tears no longer flow, and in the knowledge of Him we transcend time itself. That is the lesson that we can learn from this Psalm, that we can live in His presence right now by faith, and make that our final answer.
Psalm 90:5-9 "You carry them away like a flood; they are like a sleep. In the morning they are like grass which grows up: In the morning it flourishes and grows up; in the evening it is cut down and withers. For we have been consumed by Your anger, and by Your wrath we are terrified. You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your countenance. For all our days have passed away in Your wrath; we finish our years like a sigh."
Verses five through nine describe the process of our turning and returning. Like a flood and like a dream and like the grass that grows up, here one moment and gone the next. Oh the futility that life is without faith that transcends a life of mortality.
Though mortals in the human sense, though bound to the present tense, consumed and terrified as we see our days passing away, still we dare to raise our faith above the mundane.
You see, when our spirit dares to believe that there is more to life than what we see with our mortal eyes; when we look at our afflictions through the spiritual perspective of time, infinite time, then life is a joyous journey. For the joy that was set before Him Christ endured the horrors of the cross. If we stay focus on the price we can overcome the pain and make our present life a spiritual Eden.
Romans 8:18 "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
Don't you wish sometimes, when we find ourselves in the middle of a very difficult and unpleasant situation, that we could just fly away somewhere? There is such a place for the child of faith, a place that can only be reached through the wings of prayer and praise. It is called the place of sweet surrender; it is the place where we lay down our struggles, our fears and doubts, our lack of understanding and all our sorrows. There we just simply resign ourselves to His good and perfect will for us.
Psalm 90:10 "The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away."
For the joy that is set before us, if we can have but a taste of it, can make us do what no other non human creature could ever achieve:
Belief. We could call it faith, or trust , or rapture, or complete abandonment to a cause, but real faith is rooted in the knowledge that we are loved, that we are accepted, that we transcend time and space, that we are very valuable to someone who is very special.
Our destiny could never be fulfilled by the things of this world, for we are not made of things that go to waste; we are eternal! Every joint, every marrow, every bone and every sinew, every cell and every atom that our bodies are comprise of will someday be made eternal in the fashion of the resurrected body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who flew away, but according to His promises is soon coming back for us.
John 14:1-3 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
So that after the overall journey for all mankind is marked out in verses five through nine, the individuals journey is set as a brief one, marked with labor and sorrow but with the steadfast promise of soon being cut off and then we fly away.
Psalm 90:11 "Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath."
Here is the essence of the lesson that life teaches us: Passion is the human virtue that must be channeled in the right or godly direction. Our God is a passionate God, our Savior is a passionate Savior, our love and convictions for Him must as well be full of passion. A passion for life is a passion for God. The passionate does not quit just because the going gets a little hard. The fear of the righteous is the thought that they may fail to fulfill God's destiny for their lives.
Psalm 90:12 "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
Passion teaches patience, the patient learns the wisdom that says: the attainment of the goal is all that really matters. Is not how we get to heaven that's important, getting there that's the thing! Is not what we take to heaven that matters but who we take to heaven!
The desire of the passionate is this:
Psalm 90:13 "Return, O Lord! How long? And have compassion on Your servants."
The worst thing that a believer could ever do is to fall in love with the world. Earthly desires must never trump our heavenly calling. The best way to stay focus is to be dependent and remain dependent of His Grace and Mercy at all times.
Psalm 90:14 "Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days!"
Misguided passion tends to lead us into worthless religion. The sooner we learn that within us nothing good dwells, the better we are. Because true passion will lead us to the cross road of total and complete dependence on Him. True brokenness can make us to be glad all of our days, because in true brokenness there is no fear, because perfect love casts out all fear!
Psalm 90:15 "Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us, the years in which we have seen evil."
In verse fifteen we see the law of cause and effect at work; this law not only applies to the physical universe, but is one of those laws that transcends and has a spiritual application as well.
Is the law of sowing and reaping, and it has to do with the fact that the more affliction a person endures, the greater the rewards. The more that we die (to self) the greater that our life experience will be. In the natural, the greater the pain, the greater the gain. In the spiritual, true life can best be experienced from our death bed. Where the emphasis is not placed in what we have lived, but rather, in what we have failed to live. In the spiritual realm perspective is everything.
Psalm 90:16 "Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children."
If our lives do not leave a legacy of glory, glory to the One who is faithful and by us being faithful and passing on our faithfulness to our children, then what that means is that we did not fully appreciate the work that was assigned to us in this life, for after all we are but one in one hundred and forty-four generations.
Look at nature itself and it will tell you that existence without propagation is extinction of the species.
Psalm 90:17 "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."
Only God can sustain and maintain the work of a person after they fly away, and it is only when we labor in His work that our labor will never be in vain!
As it is written:
Isaiah 61:3 "...To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."