A prayer of Moses the man of God.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
    or you brought forth the whole world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You turn people back to dust,
    saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
A thousand years in your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.

Psalm 90:1-4

This passage is not a reflection on the flexibility of time in the Bible, nor is the passage in which it is quoted.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:8-9

Both are instead reflections of God’s timeless patience and his eternal nature. It is not that God is merely immortal, he created mortality. It is not that God is able to endure long periods of time, he is in not bound by it (Mark 12:26-27).

So knowing this, we look forward to life beyond death, when we will share God’s timelessness, which we access through Jesus, the immortal who died to become the first of the Resurrection.

Ethan Kirl