A Prayer of Moses

Michael Wilcock

READ : Psalm 90:7-17

All our days . . . only toil and trouble . . . Turn, O Lord! How long? (vv. 9-10, 13)

If at the moment you happen to be feeling down, then today’s reading should just suit you. Did Moses himself write this psalm? Many doubt it, but he could well have done so, once he was old enough to realize what was going on in Egypt. Like every other Hebrew baby boy, Moses was threatened with death as soon as he was born, but he had escaped. Instead (amazingly) he had been adopted by an Egyptian princess, no less, and brought up royally. But those hordes of slaves, downtrodden and ill-treated, condemned to hard labor – they were his own flesh and blood! He tried to identify with them, to empathize with them. And their suffering had been going on so long, with no end in prospect.

This is the world described in the first two chapters of the book of Exodus. The miseries of slavery in Egypt reflect something considerably worse than one of our “bad hair days.” They picture life without hope, without escape, and under the wrath of God (v. 9); the life, in fact, of everyone who has not yet been reached and delivered by the rescuing Savior.


Remind us, Lord, of what you have saved your people from.