Psalm 90 is one of my favorites. It opens with “In every age, O God, you have been our refuge.” The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language (2013) opens Psalm 90 this way:
God, it seems you’ve been our home forever; long before the mountains were born,
Long before you brought earth itself to birth, from “once upon a time” to “kingdom come” — you are God.
Janet Sullivan Whitaker set Psalm 90 to music in her hymn, “In Every Age”. In a haunting, soulful melody she sings the comfort, challenge, and hope expressed by the psalmist. Her rendition stirs me emotionally every time I listen to it. You can find this hymn online.
We are facing yet another crisis in our country, while still dealing with the pandemic crisis. All of us have some responsibility in bringing about these global crises: our lack of action for environmental justice and for racial justice. These issues existed before the outbreak of the coronavirus, but we weren’t paying sufficient attention. We may be at a distance from immediate harm, but the darkness surrounds us just the same — particularly at night.
In her reflection on Psalm 90, Macrina Wiederkehr (Abide: Keeping Vigil with the Word of God, 2011) reminds us:
Fearful and vulnerable moments in our lives can be transformed into cherished memories of times when we have been taught to call upon God’s name. Daybreak is an appropriate metaphor. It points us toward the return of light and joy.
May we call upon God’s name, and when the light and joy return, may we work more intently and intensely for environmental justice and racial justice.