Thursday, October 30, 2008

Meditation on Psalm 90

"Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place: in all generations
Before the mountains were brought forth or ever
Thou hadst formed the earth and the world:
even from everlasting to everlasting, Though art God
Thou turnest man to destruction:
and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday
when it is past: and as a watch in the night."

This Prayer of Moses gives us release from the sting of thorns and thistles of this daily life. The psalmist bitterly loathes the thought of death but holds God to His promises – ‘for the Lord has been our dwelling place in all generations.’ Jesus is the dwelling place who comes with an outstretched arm to redeem His people. The mighty deed is that of outstretched arms hung on a tree with eternal glory. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? That every thorn and thistle should be taken by the Christ and cut off.

So teach us to number our days: that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. As the wisest of men came to meet the blessed virgin and her child so does the wisdom proceeding from the mouth of God make children of us waiting the advent of our Lord. O, Come Jesus and let your beauty be upon us, raised high for the forgiveness of sins. O, Lord how long? With the Psalmist we sing of our helplessness, for our strength, bone, and marrow are fleeting and fly away. As this life fades and withers the Lamb, so long expected comes to rip the heavens wide. For the Lord establishes us with his own hands outstretched eternally before the Father praying that all children come to him.

In the mighty and impregnable fortress of Christ’s Holy church, a bride waits for the child king who rules the heavens and seas. Let us rejoice for the blessed birth promised of old and the heavenly feast that he himself foretold.

"See the Lamb, so long expected comes with pardon down from heav’n. Let us haste, with tear of sorrow, One and all, to be forgiv’n"
LSB 345:3

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