Podcast #157: “Live It Well” by Switchfoot

Poring Over Psalm 90

Perspective. I sure need more of it. How about you? I need more perspective when I’m impatiently waiting in line at the grocery store, when I get cut off in traffic, or when I get a snarky email or social media comment from a friend. Moses had a unique perspective because of his intimate relationship with God and his front row seat to the demise of an entire generation of people. Switchfoot’s song, “Live It Well,” not only reminds us that life is short, but encourages us to live it well.

Moses encourages the same in Psalm 90. Are you ready to jump in the deep end this week?

On this episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include
    • Repetition
    • Consider the historical context
    • Follow the cross references
    • Utilize an outside commentary
  • The historical context of Psalm 90 – Matthew Henry’s Commentary and “The Treasury of David” by Charles Spurgeon
  • God as our dwelling place – Psalm 90:1
    • Deuteronomy 33:26-27
  • God is from everlasting to everlasting – Psalm 90:2
    • Genesis 1:1
    • Job 15:7
    • Job 36:26
    • Psalm 93:2
    • Revelation 1:8
  • Man returns to dust – Psalm 90:3
    • Genesis 3:19
    • Numbers 26:64-65
  • God views time very differently – Psalm 90:4
    • 2 Peter 3:8-9
    • Psalm 39:5
  • Our life is brief like the grass – Psalm 90:5-6
    • Job 14:1-2
    • Job 14:11-12
    • Isaiah 40:6-8
  • Moses and the people were dismayed by God’s anger – Psalm 90:7
    • 1 Kings 11:9
  • God sees all of our sins – Psalm 90:8
    • Psalm 19:12-13
    • Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
    • Jeremiah 16:17
    • Psalm 103:12
  • God would see an entire generation die before granting entrance to the promised land – Psalm 90:9
    • Psalm 78:10-43
  • Our lives are so very brief – Psalm 90:10
  • God’s wrath toward sin may be great, but He is equally to be feared – Psalm 90:11
    • Psalm 76:7
    • Hebrews 10:26-31
  • Because of the brevity of our lives, we should seek to make the most of them – Psalm 90:12
    • Psalm 39:4
  • Moses’ plea that our lives not be brief AND bitter – Psalm 90:13
  • Moses’ prayer that we be satisfied in God alone – Psalm 90:14
    • Psalm 31:7
    • Psalm 85:6
    • Jeremiah 31:14
  • Moses’ prayer to fill the other side of the scale – Psalm 90:15
  • Moses’ prayer that God’s glory would be known to future generations – Psalm 90:16
    • Psalm 77:12
    • Psalm 92:4
    • Isaiah 6:3
    • Habakkuk 3:2
  • Moses’ prayer that the work of our hands be established – Psalm 90:17
    • 1 Corinthians 3:7-15

 

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This Week’s Challenge

I challenge you to read Psalm 90 for yourself. Perhaps invest in the The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon and read his exposition. Chase down all of the cross references. Don’t read this Psalm outside of the perspective of its historical context. Repetition is your friend!

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