Psalms 90:8 Who Would Not Be Afraid?

Psalms 90:8 (KJV)
Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

Though there is nothing to prove it except the superscript, this is said to be a Psalm written by Moses. That is intriguing to me for a number of reasons. The Psalm is filled with nuggets of truth that are foundational in our faith.

Psalms 90:4-12
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
This truth makes its way into numerous New Testament texts and is the basis for many ideas concerning end times and some (bad) ideas concerning creation.
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass whichgroweth up.
In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
Jesus references this passage, as does I think three of the epistles.
The days of our years arethreescore 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.

Here is a statistical truth that has transcended centuries.

Psalms 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

What wisdom rests in these simple words!

Now, in all of that there is this, Psalms 90:8
Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

This is the beginning of wisdom but not the end of it. To fear the Lord is the place to begin a proper relationship with Him. No one can properly love God until He understands the enormous consequences he faces for sin. We hide our ugliness from most folks. Or else, in our current society, we carelessly flaunt it with no regard for others. But God holds every sin in full view.

  • He exposes them to the light that is His own attribute.
  • He lines them up in display, awaiting judgment.

There is no escaping the judgment against sin. There is no negotiation for terms. There is no quarter for mercy. There is only conviction, sentencing and condemnation.

Who would not be afraid?

Only in this fear is there full comprehension of the price of our justification. Only in this fear is there real appreciation for our propitiation. Only in this fear is there full liberty in our relationship as the born again children of God.

He laid all of our sin bare, gave Himself for them and removed them forever.


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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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