Excerpt and Insight from today’s reading
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Psalm 90 reminded the Israelites of their mortality—fitting, given the context in which it was likely written.


Excerpt from today’s reading:


7We wither beneath your anger;
we are overwhelmed by your fury.
8You spread out our sins before you—
our secret sins—and you see them all.
9We live our lives beneath your wrath,
ending our years with a groan.
10Seventy years are given to us!
Some even live to eighty.
But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble;
soon they disappear, and we fly away.
11Who can comprehend the power of your anger?
Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.
12Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
so that we may grow in wisdom.


Daily insight:


Verses 7-12 seem to indicate that Moses wrote Psalm 90 during the time of wilderness wandering—the forty-year period when roughly six hundred thousand Israelite men (with their wives) died because of unbelief (Numbers 14:21-23). What clearer reminder of Israel’s mortality could there be (Psalm 90:9-10) than an average of one funeral every twenty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, for forty years?


Adapted from the Daily Walk Devotional by Walk Thru the Bible www.walkthru.org.