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Psalm 90.7-12 – Sinfulness and the Fall.
Posted: 8 September 2014 in Psalms

For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

The thing I notice about the above passage is the way in which it takes for granted that the hardness of life is the direct result of mankind’s universally sinful nature, and the divine judgment under which the entire creation now resides. When sin is offered as an explanation for suffering in the world, it frequently attracts the rhetorical question, “How does sin cause earth quakes?” or something along those lines, which from a theological perspective is somewhat superficial. As Paul makes clear in Romans 8.21-22, as a result of the fall, the entire natural order suffered disruption. Of course that defies scientific explanation, and the physical cause of earth quakes is known, but it is nevertheless a metaphysical, and, more importantly, divinely revealed, fact:

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

When the final verse of the above passage speaks of applying our hearts unto wisdom, it means, of course, to recognise and repent of our intrinsically sinful nature, to seek after God’s will, and to pray for his mercy.

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