Success

Psalm 90:16-17 "Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!"

Dear CBC Family,

God’s providence sent me a special visitor this week, food poisoning or maybe the stomach flu. “He makes me to lie down” was the verse that came to mind when I got it and “rise from the dead” when I started to recover.  

The first text I read as I began to recover was Psalm 90. What a treasure that God has preserved here for us. A tender prayer from one of Israel’s greatest leaders, Moses, to God Himself.

There’s one central theme to this prayer, even though it does wander around a bit. Moses yearns for a right relationship with God and the benefits that flow from that. He talks about the anger of God at our sin, the fact that Israel had strayed from Him, the importance of the fear of God, the fact that life is short and it can be a really difficult.

All the same real-life things that you and I contend with. At the heart of this beautiful prayer is a desire to be in right relationship with God and see the benefits of that relationship flow into the life of Israel.

Here’s how Moses finishes his prayer: “Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (V16-17)

I would just like to point out one thing. Notice that this is a prayer for blessing and success. That’s great, but – and here’s the key – this only flows out of a right relationship with God. It comes right out of the fear of God.

And yet how often do we mistakenly pray for happiness, blessing and success in the absence of a fear of God? How easy is it to expect His blessing and success, while we continue in sinful rebellion?

Let’s get a revelation here today. The wonderful blessings of God to His children, flow out of a right relationship with Him. Honor God in word and deed and see what he will do.

This weekend my plan is to be in Romans. That is subject to change if God so wills. 😊

Blessings,

Pastor Scott