1 A Prayer of Moses the man of God.
Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
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.
Several times in the Bible, we see God referred to as “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Sometimes that formula is abbreviated to “the God of our fathers,” but the idea is still the same. When that phrase is used, we are to remember that the God we worship today is the same God who swore covenants to our forefathers, the same God who watched over our grandparents and their grandparents. This Lord God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
In today’s verses, Moses is praying to God with that same idea, acknowledging that God has watched over His people all along. The covenant sworn to Abraham is the promise and hope to which Moses and the Israelites cling as they leave the Wilderness and prepare to enter the Promised Land. But Moses takes it another step further by acknowledging that God has not just watched over the sons of Abraham but also He has shepherded all of Creation. Moses knows that this same merciful God – the Lord who spoke to a murderer from a burning bush to anoint him leader of Israel, the Lord who brought food every day for forty years to a million people, the Lord who gave His written Word to His wandering people – that God was the same God who existed before the foundations of the world and who would exist through all time. THAT is the God Moses knew and to whom he prayed.
Do we pray to that same God? Do we remember that God truly has not changed in all eternity? Do we believe in His tender mercies every day – or just some days? Do we dwell in Him in every generation, passing along that sense of security and strength to our children and grandchildren? When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, “Our Father who art in heaven,” do we conceive and acknowledge that He CREATED that heaven, that the world exists from Him and through Him? How great IS our God? Is He more to us than just Savior and Lord?
David often meditated on this same idea about the great power of God:
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
But Moses is not so wondering, because he knows that his days are few and he will not enter that Promised Land. So he calls for blessings upon the rebellious Isrealites, and he does so by invoking God’s own memory of how He has watched over the children of Abraham for so long. He also reminds God that just as His power is without limit, so also should be His mercy.
Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
Seek that God today, the limitless Creator whose mercy knows no bounds. Repent, seek His face, and ask for His immediate blessing. Seek Him and His beauty, and know that He has always been and will always be the dwelling place of all faithful believers. Take refuge in the shelter of the Creator and know His grace today.
Gracious Heavenly Father, Your mercies are renewed every morning, just as surely as You cause the earth to spin and the sun to rise, just as surely as You fuel the fires of distant stars and guide their courses, just as surely as the seasons change, and as surely as Your Son’s Resurrection brings us all to life. Bring me to life, Lord God, and teach me to number my days so that I may gain a heart of Your wisdom and Your truth and Your love. Amen.