Updated on January 6, 2014
Chronological Bible: March 4, Prayer of your contemporaries…
- Psalm 90
- Joshua 1:1-5:15
This overlapping of scriptures brought me pause. Living directionally deficient in physical and historical space, learning which biblical persons were contemporaries of which results in a bit of a jumble for me. So without realizing it happened, I saw these discreet people of God as isolated from one another.
But David writes this Psalm just after Moses dies and as Joshua is being brought to leadership of Israel. From wandering in the desert with one leader, David transitions with the people of Israel to a time of battles and war. And as a preface to this new reality, the psalmist pens:
“Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children. Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.” –Psalm 90:16-17, NJKV
God would establish the work of their hands. With a leader unafraid to fight, the people Israel would follow God into battles of nation against nation. When He went before them, they did not fail.
The prayer of the psalmist supported the actions of the general Joshua. And God’s might was declared throughout the land.
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