The Ministry to Seafarers (M2S)

Psalm 90 Journal Starter

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We hope these journal starters spark reflection on the Psalms.

If you want to, you can share some of your thoughts in the comments section below. We would love to hear how God is working in your heart.

You can listen to Psalm 90 here. You can find Psalm 90 in the New International Version here.

Journal Starter for Psalm 90

Moses wrote in the first six verses of this psalm that the Lord is:
  • The dwelling place of His people
  • Creator of the whole world
  • Everlasting God
  • Sovereign over death
  • Bigger than time
- Take some time to think about these attributes (characteristics) of God. You could even read or listen to these verses again.

- Write to God about these attributes. You could praise Him, ask Him questions, or ask Him to show you these parts of Himself. You could write down each attribute and then how you see those attributes in the Bible, in your personal life, and in the world.
This psalm discusses God's wrath (his righteous displeasure and anger). In verse 8, we see the reason for God's anger—sin. 
- What is your understanding of God's wrath?

- When we put our faith in Jesus and follow Him, we are no longer under God's wrath (see Romans 5 and Ephesians 2:1-10). If we are saved by Jesus, how can thinking about God's wrath be helpful?

- How does understanding God's wrath help you understand God better?
Moses prayed, "Teach us to number our days,/ that we may gain a heart of wisdom." 
- How does thinking about the fact that you are going to die someday make you feel? How does it change the way you think about your life?

- Talk to God about how you want to live the rest of your days on earth. Ask Him how He wants you to live the rest of your days.
Moses' request that God help he and the people of Israel number their days is the first of many in the last third of this psalm. Even though he knows they deserve God's wrath, Moses believes God is merciful and asks Him to: 
  • Relent and have compassion
  • Satisfy them in the morning with His unfailing love
  • Make them glad for as many years as they have suffered
  • Show his deeds and splendor to them and their children
  • Show favor on them and bless their work
- Why do or don't you feel you can bring your requests to God?

- What do you want God to do in the world? In your community? In your family? In you?

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