Notes: May 21, 2008 – Psalm 90 & Deuteronomy 33

A. Moses died when he was 120 years old (Deuteronomy 34:7). One wonders when he wrote Psalm 90.

  1. Eternal God (1-2)
  2. Temporal Man (3-11)
  3. How to make the best of your time on earth (12-17)

Meditation Points:

  • If the first two divisions of the Psalm present doctrinal truth, the third division presents the practical application. Faith without works is dead. What good is a doctrinal truth if believing it doesn’t affect your life?
  • Most people do live to be 70 to 80 years old, don’t they. Of course there are exceptions in any one society and even among societies. For sure, old age is not something most people look forward to.
  • Would you be satisfied with God’s mercy, and would that make you rejoice and be glad (Psalm 90:14)?
  • God’s presence points out our secret sins (Psalm 90:8). If your secret sins are not being pointed out to you, you should wonder where God is.
  • God, Who is not limited by space or time, views things differently from the way we, who are very limited by both space and time, see things (Psalm 90:4). For God, a millennium is like a day.


B. Jacob blessed his sons before he died; Moses blesses his people, under the names of Jacob’s sons, before he dies (Deuteronomy 33).

Meditation Points:

  • Moses calls himself “the man of God” (Deuteronomy 33:1). Earlier it was said that he was very meek (Numbers 12:13). Are these statements contradictory?
  • Read this chapter carefully, noting the names of Jacob’s sons.  Which name is missing? Some have suggested Joshua 19:1 as an explanation.
  • In what sense is God’s law “fiery” (Deuteronomy 33:2)?
  • Jeshurun (Deuteronomy 32:15; Deut. 33:5, 26; and Isaiah 44:2). A name for Israel?
  • “Live and not die” (Deuteronomy 33:6). Many people haven’t died yet; but do they live?
  • “Accept the work of his hands” (Deut. 33:11). Maybe we should pray this for ourselves.
  • Do you “execute the justice of the Lord” (Deut. 33:21)?
  • “There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun” (Deut 33:26), is there?
  • And “who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord” (Deut. 33:29)?