Psalm 90 – Establish The Work Of Our Hands

Today is a new day.  Today we can ask God for his compassion, blessing, and favour, and ask him to establish the work of our hands.  Although we may weave in and out of God’s plan Psalm 90 teaches us that we can return to God and ask him for his hand anew today…

13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.

17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:13-17

Moses is asking God to relent.  How many times did we see that in the story of Israel escaping Egypt into the desert?  The Lord would get tired of Israel’s complaining and disobedience and be close to disciplining them in harsh ways when Moses would advocate for them.  Relent, Lord!  Show your lovingkindness again.  One more time.

That could have been written about you, couldn’t it?  Me for sure.  We need more of God’s grace and we rely on Jesus’ work to keep us from the wrath we deserve. The Lord disciplines those he loves, like a father does a child, and in these last verses of Psalm 90, Moses asks for compassion now.

He proposes to the Lord that God would make them glad for as many days as he afflicted them.  Israel had seen their wandering extended and they were slow learners.  Now God, show your deeds and favour.  May your favour rest upon the people now, God.  So that songs will be full of joy and our days full of gladness.

And in Moses’ plea, he asks the God who is eternal, from everlasting to everlasting, to establish the work of their hands.  Today is a new day.

No matter where we have been and what we have done; no matter how we have needed the discipline of the Lord over and over, today is a new day.

Today is the day we seek the compassion of the Lord.
We seek the presence of the Lord.
We seek the favour of the Lord.
And as God visits these blessings upon us,
We ask God, for you to establish the work of our hands.
May our work this day and every day,
Be a reflection of your plan for our feet and hands,
As we desire to be the feet and hands of Jesus,
To a world which needs the love.


Marc Kinna

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