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Probably Moses wrote this psalm, on occasion of the sentence passed
on the Israelites, that their carcases should fall in the wilderness.
Herein he considers the eternity of God, ver. 1 - 3.
And the frailty of man, ver, 4 - 6.
He submits to the righteous sentence of God, ver. 7 - 11.
And prays for the return of his favour, ver. 12 - 17.
A prayer of Moses the Man of God.
Title of the psalm. A prayer of Moses - Who considering that terrible
sentence of God, concerning the cutting off all that sinful generation
in the wilderness, takes occasion to publish these meditations concerning
man's mortality and misery.
V. 1. Dwelling place - Although we and our fathers, for some generations,
have had no fixed habitation, yet thou hast been instead of a dwelling - place
to us, by thy watchful and gracious providence. And this intimates that all
the following miseries were not to be imputed to God but themselves.
2: Thou - Thou hadst thy power, and all thy perfections, from all
3: Turnedst - But as for man, his case is far otherwise, though he
was made by thee happy. and immortal, yet for his sin thou didst make
him mortal and miserable. Saidst - Didst pronounce that sad sentence,
return, O men, to the dust out of which ye were taken, (Ge 3:19).
4: Past - Indeed time seems long when it is to come, but when it is
past, very short and contemptible. A watch - Which lasted but three or
5: Them - Mankind. Away - Universally, without exception or
distinction. A sleep - Short and vain, as sleep is, and not minded
'till it be past.
7: Are consumed - Thou dost not suffer us to live so long as we might
by the course of nature.
8: Hast set - Thou dost observe them, as a righteous judge, and art
calling us to an account for them. Secret sins - Which though hid from
the eyes of men, thou hast brought to light by thy judgments.
10: Our years - Of the generality of mankind, in that and all
following ages, some few persons excepted. Flee - We do not now go
to death, as we do from our very birth, but flee swiftly away like a
bird, as this word signifies.
11: Thy fear - According to the fear of thee; according to that fear
which sinful men have of a just God. So - It bears full proportion to it,
nay indeed doth far exceed it.
12: Teach us - To consider the shortness of life, and the certainty
and speediness of death. That - That we may heartily devote ourselves to
13: Return - To us in mercy. How long - Will it be before thou
return to us? Repent thee - Of thy severe proceedings against us.
14: Early - Speedily.
17: The beauty - His gracious influence, and glorious presence.
In us - Do not only work for us, but in us,