THOU ART GOD

2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:2-4

Psalm 90:1-4 (AMP and RVR 1960) 


CONTEXT:

There are few more profound statements in all of scripture than those spoke by Moses and recorded here; “Thou art {or you are the}God.” 

Most bibles have a title by way of introducing many Psalms. This one for example has some of the following:

AMP: God’s Eternity and Man’s Transitoriness

CSB: Eternal God and Mortal Man

ESV: From Everlasting to Everlasting

NKJV: The Eternity of God, and Man’s Frailty

All agree the Psalms is from Moses and all of these titles have an underlying theme; God is eternal He has always been, and man is weak and finite.

That is why Moses in v.1  declares God to be their rock. The one place they can always count on for a shelter in the storms of life.

Let us skip v.2 and look at the significance of v.3 here Moses has declared God’s dominion and authority of all living things including mankind.

In v.4 Moses closes this part of the Psalm with a declaration of God’s eternity; not only is He the creator, He will be here long after frail man returns to dust. Our measure of time is insignificant to God, Moses compares it as best he can to a Thousand years equally one day (see 2 Peter 3:8).


BREAKDOWN: 

Remembering Moses has just declared God his (their) rock and refuge he then make 3 statements concerning God’s eternal being: 

Before the mountains were brought forth, –  God was before there was any mountains 

or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, – In fact He created the earth and all the worlds

even from everlasting to everlasting, – God is an everlasting God, knowing no bounds nor capable of having placed upon Him

Then Moses makes the declaration:

thou art God. – Moses has considered all he knows and all he has seen God do and declares You are [the eternal] God from everlasting to everlasting, not by any measure of man’s accomplishments or standards; but for the exact opposite reason, man can not comprehend God’s accomplishments or standards without divine guidance. Even in his ignorance Moses knows God.


APPLICATION:

Social media is ripe with memes about Jesus’s imminent return; ‘we are definitely in the last days’ say the captions. While partially true, we have been living in the last days since Jesus’ ascension, to claim all the calamity of the past few months marks the definitive return of Christ is unbiblical. Matthew 24:36

What is biblical, is that like Moses, all men even in their ignorance are able to recognize the existence of God, Rom 1:18-21. Because of this man regardless of his beliefs, his arrogance or status while someday stand before God and on that day confess Him as LORD Philippians 2:9-11.

Today you who do not say Thou art God have a choice, you can heed the effectual call of the God from His Holy Spirit upon you and repent of your sins, making Christ the LORD and Savior in your life; or you can wait and stand before Him one day without excuse. 

I pray you chose wisely.


Other Resources:

Psalm 90:2 Commentary Treasury of David 

Matthew Poole’s English Annotations on the Holy Bible

The Eternity of God

The Eternal Decrees of God

Final Judgment: Eternal Life vs. Wrath and Fury

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