Sept. 23, 2018: Reflection on Psalms 90-92*

REFLECTION ON PSALMS 90-92*

“Taking up residence” is the thought that runs through Psalms 90 to 92. In 90:1 Moses, who has been a resident alien for forty years in Midian, links himself with Israel which has seen four hundred immigrant years in Egypt. He notes that nevertheless they have had a permanent address, a dwelling place in generation after generation, the covering of the Most High (Ps 91:1). Psalm 92:13 is careful to remind us that this is all of grace: we are the LORD’s transplants. Our residency is by his will and deed: as Colossians 1:13 puts it in kingdom terms, he “rescued us from the power of the darkness, and moved our house into the kingdom of the Son of his love”; or James 1:18, in family terms, “Having made up his mind to do so, he gave us birth by the word of truth”; and 1 Peter 1:23  “you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.” This is something that is all of God—from the thought and desire to the deed to the regenerating word. It is where we are; the fundamental, unchangeable truth about us in Christ. But there is another aspect to all this which we can call “claiming our residence.”

Paul puts it this way. When he had reminded Timothy that the last days would include “menacing times” (2 Timothy 3:1), seductive people (3:6), and increasing wickedness (3:13), he gave this directive (3:14), “but as for you, abide in the things you have learned.” You have a permanent address; make sure that you are living there. Make sure that you can alway be found “care of” the Word of God. How did our psalms make this point? On the one hand the LORD is our dwelling place; on the other, I keep “saying about the LORD: ‘My refuge and my stronghold, my God, in whom I eve trust” (Ps 91:2) and “You, LORD, are my refuge” (91:9). The dwelling place is min, by divine appointment; let it also be mine by constant choice, deliberate personal reminder, personal affirmation of what is the “real truth” about me. I live with the Holy One (90:7), so let me be holy; I live with the unfailingly loving God (92:2), so let me set my love on him (91:4). this is a great part of what the New Testament words, “in Christ” mean.

As we read through the Psalms this week, may we abide and find rest in Christ daily.

* Adapted from Psalms by the Day by Alec Motyer.

 

This Week’s Bible Reading Schedule:

Monday: Psalms 94 Thursday: Psalms 97
Tuesday: Psalms 95 Friday: Psalms 98
Wednesday: Psalms 96 Saturday: Psalms 99

Bible Column & Reading Plan by Rev. Chang Soo Lee
Mississauga Campus Lead Pastor