A PRAYER OF MOSES THE MAN OF GOD

May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:16-17 NIV

This Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses seeking for God’s favor. An appeal with the desire for God to grant His people happiness in proportion to the suffering they have endured under His wrath.

[May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us] – the psalm closes with a plea that God’s favor, (or “beauty,” “loveliness,” “graciousness,” “pleasantness,” “splendor’) might be so manifested constantly before them.

[And establish thou the work of our hands upon us] – is a prayer referring to what they are endeavoring to do – an appeal to enable them to carry out their plans, and to accomplish their purposes. God’s favor to be the basis of the Lord’s preparing and establishing all the daily tasks ahead of them [the work of our hands].  

[Yes, establish the work of our hands.] – The repetition of the prayer here is forceful. It indicates an expression of an earnest desire that God would enable them to carry out their plans. It is an expression of an earnest desire that they might not all be cut down and perish by the way; that the great object of their march through the wilderness might be accomplished; and that they might be permanently established in the land to which they were going.

For us today, this is a prayer which is proper to offer at any time, that God would enable us to carry out our purposes, and that we may be permanently established in his favor.

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.

May this be our prayer as we move ahead with the plan Deployment and MCare Summit.

(Insights are taken from The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1962 by Moody Press and from Barnes’ Notes, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft) 

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