Deut. 33:1-29; Ps. 90:1-17
As Moses was coming to the end of his journey with the children of Israel, he pronounced a blessing upon each of the tribes. He had been their leader for forty years. They had been freed from slavery in Egypt; entered the covenant with God; had endured many hardships caused by their own mistrust and complaining and were then prepared to enter the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua.
God had fed and watered the Israelites and had kept them clothed. When they faced hostile nations, He had given their enemies into their hands. Moses concluded his blessings by stating, “Happy are you O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, The shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, And you shall tread down their high places”
Moses, the man of God approached Him in prayer with an attitude of humility and praise. He recognized and confessed the greatness of God and the weakness of man—that God had an existence from “everlasting to everlasting” before the ancient mountains and the earth were formed.
Time is meaningless to God, but to man, seventy or eighty years is a lifetime. Even a thousand years to God are like a brief period of a guard watch in the night or a flash flood. Moses prayed that we might have the wisdom to use our time for God.
Man must realize his frailty, but also his strengths. His existence is for the purpose of serving God and leaving a legacy of faith for future generations. At the end of his life, Moses could look back at a life of faithful service to God and to his fellow man. He had his shortcomings as does all mankind. His prayer contained a plea for God to extend His mercy to all.