Psalm 90 – Dust of a Day

Life is short.  The longer we live the more we realize that time flies by and our lives seem short.  In the perspective of eternity, they are blinks in the eye of the life of the universe. We are dust of a day, and still the everlasting God wants to have a relationship with us… 

3 You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
Psalm 90:3-6

In the middle of Psalm 90, Moses reminds us that compared to the eternal God, we are dust.  James says we are like mist that appears for a while.  That while is like an instant moment in eternity.  A thousand years are like a day or a watch in the night.

God returns us mortals back to dust when we are done.  We have our 70 or 80 years (verse 10) and then we are done on earth.  Like grass that is new in the morning and withered by the end of the day in the hot sun.

How encouraging.  Not.

When you take Moses’ words from the whole psalm, we can see the context of a life lived with God and established in terms of our work in his hands.  It is, in fact, encouraging in that view.  These few verses, though, give me pause to reflect on how important I am.  How important we are.

As much as we are valued and loved (he gave his only son for each of us), we are also mist and dust – we are a breath or the blink of an eye in the life of the world.  And it’s good to humble ourselves in the light of our mortality.  It doesn’t make us meaningless, yet it does make it more amazing that God uses us and works through us to impact our world.

In other words, these verses make me humble and more in awe of our wonderful maker, who has a relationship with the dust of a day in the life of eternity.

He cares that much


Marc Kinna


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