Sometimes we might forget that the Bible is first and foremost a collection of books about God. There are times when we get too focused on ourselves – our fears, inadequacies, weaknesses, failures – and lose sight of the hugeness of God. This psalm is the kind that helps reorient our lives back toward the grand Sovereign of the universe. There is a decidedly theistic worldview espoused and embedded in the psalm. It is a cosmology dominated by the immensity and largeness of a God who is pictured as completely in control of his creation.
Let’s face it: our lives are this weird and complex concoction of fear and joy that can combust at any time. We swing from high to low, and low to high. If we are on an even keel it is only because we are currently in the middle of swaying to one extreme or the other. Even introverts know this – it just happens to all take place inside their vast inner world instead of on the outside for all to see.
So, every one of us needs the grand vision of God in this psalm to anchor us through all the vicissitudes of life. “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” The transcendent God, however, is not at all aloof from his creatures; he is also closely imminent. “You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.” Nothing gets by God. He always knows the score.
Our appropriate response to such a God is this: “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” When we appropriate a biblical worldview, we learn to measure our days and live consistently moral lives with wholeness and integrity. This is why a regular regimen of the psalms is important to us, so that we will have before us the nature and character of God. As we do so, we cannot help but reflect his glory and contribute to human flourishing.
Mighty God, satisfy me in the morning with your steadfast love so that I might rejoice and be glad all day, every day. Let your favor be upon me, and establish the work of my hands for the glory of Jesus. Amen.