Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary
Eau Claire, WI

2015-11-13 ILC Chapel — Superstitions

2015 Chapels -


Date : 2015-11-13
Speaker : Professor John Reim

Psalm 90 (Listen)

Book Four

From Everlasting to Everlasting

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

90:1   Lord, you have been our dwelling place1
    in all generations.
  Before the mountains were brought forth,
    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

  You return man to dust
    and say, “Return, O children of man!”2
  For a thousand years in your sight
    are but as yesterday when it is past,
    or as a watch in the night.

  You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
    like grass that is renewed in the morning:
  in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
    in the evening it fades and withers.

  For we are brought to an end by your anger;
    by your wrath we are dismayed.
  You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.

  For all our days pass away under your wrath;
    we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10   The years of our life are seventy,
    or even by reason of strength eighty;
  yet their span3 is but toil and trouble;
    they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11   Who considers the power of your anger,
    and your wrath according to the fear of you?

12   So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13   Return, O LORD! How long?
    Have pity on your servants!
14   Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15   Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16   Let your work be shown to your servants,
    and your glorious power to their children.
17   Let the favor4 of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and establish the work of our hands upon us;
    yes, establish the work of our hands!


[1] 90:1 Some Hebrew manuscripts (compare Septuagint) our refuge

[2] 90:3 Or of Adam

[3] 90:10 Or pride

[4] 90:17 Or beauty


Hymn: WS 748, st. 1,2,4: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him,
for He is your health and salvation!
Let all who hear,
now to His temple draw near;
Joining in glad adoration.

2. Praise to the Lord, who o’er
all things so wondrously reigning,
And as on wings of an eagle
uplifting sustaining!
Have you not seen
All that is needful has been
Sent by His gracious ordaining?

4. Praise to the Lord, who will
prosper thy work and defend you;
Surely His goodness and mercy
shall daily attend you.
Ponder anew
what the Almighty can do,
As with His love He befriends you.