Lectionary Reflection for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 90:

Psalm 90, the first psalm in the fourth book of the Psalter, is a meditation on the everlastingness of God and the brevity of human life.

It lauds the everlasting love of God (vv. 1-5), laments the current conditions of life (vv.6-12), and concludes with a plea for God’s blessing (vv. 13-17).

The psalm seeks both wisdom in the face of human limitation (v. 12) and the kind of divine blessing that offers both delight and prosperity of the fruit of human labor (v. 14-17).


Prayer for reflection:
God of every time and place,
apart from you, our life is brief and meaningless.
In you we experience endless abundance.
Reveal to us all we can comprehend of our place in your design for eternity.
Help us to receive each new day as a gift, and to use your gift wisely and well,
so that we may live in joy and bring glory to Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.

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