Words from the Heart for Sunday July 16th, 2017
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands—O prosper the work of our hands!
Psalm 90:17 (NRSV)
Prosper the Work of Our Hands
Sometimes we can be very frustrated that we are not getting enough done! Sometimes the schedules are tight for us to accomplish our work. The Lord’s favour is available to us today. With that favour in mind, we can declare that He will help us. The demanding task is possible because of Him.
The original reason that Canada replaced the $1 bill was to save money – coins last longer than paper. But then something else took place that they weren’t expecting that turned out to make the decision to go to a dollar coin an even more prosperous one. Banknotes get spent almost immediately, whereas coins get stashed into jars and piggy banks, where they can remain out of circulation for months on end. To compensate, Canada had to strike roughly two coins for every dollar bill it phased out. It costs 30 cents to produce a coin, but the government sells them to the banks for a dollar. This worked out to about 300 million more loonies than there were dollar bills — which meant, over the past 30 years, a $200 million revenue windfall for the Canadian government.
The Bible teaches God’s people to be faithful in the tasks to which He calls us. We are reminded throughout Scripture that when we are serving the Lord, even the most mundane tasks have eternal significance. With that as the foundation of all that we do, the Psalmist writes this in Psalm 90:17: “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands—O prosper the work of our hands!” For the follower of Jesus Christ there is no difference between the secular and the sacred. All that we do is sacred, designed to bring honour and glory to our God. The Bible teaches that we are to do all things as unto the Lord. So it’s a good thing to join the Psalmist in this prayer – that all we do will prosper. This is not so that we might become wealthy, although sometimes that is the case. The driving force behind all that we do is that the Kingdom of God might go forward and His Kingdom might prosper. We have a great privilege each and every day – to serve the Lord in all we do. As you go about your day today, how can you bring honour to the Lord by all that you do? And how can the work of your hands, by His grace, help to prosper the kingdom of God?
These have been words from the heart.