May 10, 2022
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 10 May 2022
There are three inscriptions over the triple arched doorways of the cathedral of Milan. A wreath of roses is carved over the right entrance and underneath are the words, “All that pleases is but for a moment.” The left entrance, which leads worshippers into the sanctuary, has a sculpted cross, and there are the words, “All that troubles is but for a moment.” Over the main archway is the inscription, “All that is important is eternal.” The message is unmistakable for all who enter the sanctuary: all that is temporal is ultimately trivial. What is truly important is that which continues to be significant many generations from today.
This is the primary theme of Psalm 90. When we become concerned with what is but for a moment – that which pleases or troubles only momentarily – we are then more prone not to think in terms of eternity. Psalm 90 was written to remind us that what is most important in life is not the temporal but the eternal, not the physical but the spiritual, not the things which are seen but the things which are not seen. All that is truly important is eternal.
Moses is the author of Psalm 90, which makes it the oldest of all the psalms. He likely composed the psalm during Israel’s wilderness wanderings. What should have been a relatively brief sojourn of a few months became a 40-year ordeal. The people of God wandered in endless circles, made no progress, and died prior to being able to reach their intended destination. The people lived in defeat, despair, and disappointment. In the midst of those circumstances, Moses looked to God, so that the Lord would reestablish his eternal perspective.
Moses addressed God directly as the Eternal One. All generations of believers may find refuge in the Lord from any of the adverse circumstances of life. God’s people wandered in the desert like nomads, never unpacking to settle, never attaining a permanent dwelling. In spite of this vagabond existence, Moses confessed his trust in the Lord, as his refuge. In a world that is perpetually changing, God is “from everlasting to everlasting.” Moses concluded his psalm with a plea for the Lord’s favor, and that God would establish “the work of our hands,” making them effective and enduring.
The proper perspective is critically important. While God is eternal, He has allotted only so many years to us. Therefore, we must live strategically in light of eternity.
There is an old saying that if you “aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” The same is true regarding life. A life without purpose is waste. Now, obviously, Psalm 90 should cause us all to pause and ask are we hitting the target of God’s will, for then we will live for what is truly important and for what will endure when we are gone. Only a life lived for God will be a truly satisfied life. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
Psalm 90 is a passionate plea to live each day with an eternal perspective. We only have so much divinely allotted time, so we are to redeem it, using it wisely, investing our time carefully. There are only two things that will exist beyond this world: the Word of God and the souls of humanity, which is why it is crucial to live based upon these eternal realities.
Capitol Commission Bible Study is next Tuesday, 17th of May (every 1st and 3rd Tuesday during the legislative interim)
Meeting via Zoom and in 318 CLOB (Senate Committee Room) @ 12 Noon