PSALM 90:1-12
METER:  86 886
This is the meter of the hymn "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind."

1.  Lord, you have been our dwell-ing place
    In gen-e-ra-tions all.
    Be-fore the mount-ains had been birthed
    Or you had ev-er formed the world,
    You are e-ter-nal, God.
2.  Hu-mans you turn back to the dust,
    You tell us to turn back.
    A thou-sand years to you are like
    The day just passed, or e-ven like
    Keep-ing a watch at night.
3.  A-way you sweep us; we are like
    A trans-i-to-ry dream.
    We are like weeds that sprout at morn,
    That blos-som in the day, and then
    At eve-ning fade and die.
4.  Lord, by your an-ger we're con-sumed,
    By your wrath o-ver-whelmed.
    You set our sins be-fore your face,
    Our se-cret sins where your pres-ence
    Un-cov-ers ev-ery one.
5.  Our life is cut short by your wrath,
    We fade out like a sigh.
    We've sev'n-ty years, eight-y if strong;
    Yet they're with woe and sor-row filled,
    They end, and we de-part.
6.  Who un-der-stands your might-y wrath?
    Who knows the fear that you
    Bring when your fu-ry comes?  Teach us
    To know the num-ber of our days,
    That we may wise be-come.

Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.  Alt. 2002 Dale A. Schoening.

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