The Psalms 11
1. According to Luke 24:44 and Romans 15:4, we need to study and meditate upon the Psalms because
they "were written for our learning."
2. In this lesson we are concentrating on information to be learned from Psalm 90.
3. Moses began this psalm by making the point that . . .
I. GOD PROVIDES REFUGE FOR HIS PEOPLE (vs.1-2)
A. (vs.1) God has been the "dwelling place" for His people "in all generations."
B. Vs.2 implies that God will continue to provide refuge for His people.
1. God always existed, even before the mountains and the earth appeared.
2. However, God's existence is "from everlasting" [the past] "to everlasting" [the future].
3. God has provided refuge for His people in the past, and He will continue to do so in the future
(Psalm 46:1, 7, 11).
C. We need to appreciate this characteristic of God because . . .
II. MAN IS MORTAL (vs.3-11)
A. (vs.3) Man is subject to "destruction" (Ecclesiastes 12:7a).
B. Even though man may live many years, his life is compared to:
1. "yesterday" (vs.4a)
2. "a watch in the night" (vs.4b)
3. "a flood" (vs.5a)
4. "a sleep" (vs.5b)
5. "grass" (vs.5c-6).
C. (vs.7-9, 11) Man is mortal because of God's wrath and anger.
1. God caused man to face death as punishment for sin.
2. This is what happened to Adam (Genesis 2:7, 15-17; 3:6, 17-19).
3. We suffer death today for the same reason (Romans 5:12).
D. Man's expected lifetime is approximately 70 years (vs.10).
1. Man's life expectancy has gradually decreased since Adam was created.
a. Adam lived 930 years (Genesis 5:5).
b. Noah lived 950 years (Genesis 9:29).
c. Terah lived 205 years (Genesis 11:32).
d. Abraham lived 175 years (Genesis 25:7).
e. Isaac lived 180 years (Genesis 35:28).
f. Jacob lived 147 years (Genesis 47:28).
g. Joseph lived 110 years (Genesis 50:26).
h. Moses lived 120 years (Deuteronomy 34:7).
i. Joshua lived 110 years (Joshua 24:29).
j. David lived 70 years (2 Samuel 5:4-5; 1 Kings 2:10-11).
2. If a person lives longer than 70 years, advanced age is accompanied by difficulties.
E. Since God provides refuge for His people, and because man is mortal, . . .
III. LET US APPROACH GOD WITH OUR REQUESTS (vs.12-17)
A. (vs.12) Let us ask God "to teach us to number our days" (Ephesians 5:15-17).
B. (vs.13) Let us seek the Lord's favor so we can be ready for His return.
C. (vs.14-15) Let us seek God's mercy so we can be glad.
D. (vs.16) Let us observe God's work.
E. (vs.17) Let us seek the Lord's beauty.