being finished off


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being finished off

Psalm 90:7-8 (JDV)

Psalm 90:7 Yes, we are being finished off by your anger; we run terrified from your wrath.
Psalm 90:8 You have put our violations in front of you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

being finished off

Plumer says that verse 7 “reveals the awful secret, not before announced in this prayer, that death is penal.” He also points out that we all “deserve worse than ever befalls us in this world” from God’s wrath. (841). We may hide our sins from others, but they are never hidden from God. The wages of sin will be paid.

Our mortality is a constant reminder that we inherit death because of sin. The psalmist describes all of human life as a battle in which God fights against us, eventually finishing us all off. We spend our lives running from our fate and hiding the reasons that our fate is just.

There is no good news in these verses, but it is good news that the psalm is not over.

Plumer, William S. Psalms: A Critical and Expository Commentary with Doctrinal and Practical Remarks. Carlisle, Pa: Banner of Truth Trust, 1990

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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