His Hands, your hands, and my hands, God has a few things to say about the work of hands. For me it started with a scripture:
Psalms 90:17 “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands. [NKJV]”
At the beginning of the week, I prayed Psalm 90, A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Then I walked straight into an April Fool’s Storm. By the end of the day on Monday, I was thinking the universe was playing a massive April Fool’s joke on me! Everything that could go wrong did. On top of it all, I was hurting. By the grace of God, there were no pranks from my family and friends! I might have snapped if they had!
Meetings, phone calls, housework, and errands seemed to take longer than they should have. I found my mind wanting to jump from task to task. Chronic pain worked in tandem with the busyness of life to get me off track from my goals. I struggled with major headaches this week. At mid-week, I reminded myself; Spring with its unpredictable weather and pollen is the worst time for chronic headaches. Somewhere around mid-June, I’ll feel better.
This morning I remembered, “And establish the work of our hands for us.” I had to look it up again. I scanned through 66 references for “Work of Hands” pulled up in Bible Gateway. Sixty-six! That is when I realized God blesses the work of man’s hands when we focus on God. In prayer, I thought, how awesome it would be if a nation asked God to “establish (prosper*) the work of our hands.”
In my mind, I reviewed what was a frustrating week. I didn’t drop any major projects. I followed up on tasks and met my deadlines. I made a good, not a great start, in the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge. So far I have rewritten and edited Buried Secrets Chapters one through three. Eldest Prince and I finally opened an eBay store. We are getting clutter, hmm, treasures ready for sale. Looking back I see great progress I did not see while living through the week.
Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t always focused on God or have the right attitude. I lost my humor and complained a few times, okay maybe more than a few times! I wasn’t perfect and I sinned in my heart. BUT God followed through on answering Moses’ prayer (Psalms 90). God established the work of my hands this week. It is the only explanation for me not quitting in the middle.
On Monday, when I prayed Psalm 90 it was purely on instinct. I didn’t know why but I knew I needed this prayer. The prayer set in motion the ability to handle a difficult week by the Grace of God.
I’m still spinning a lot of “plates” in the air. During the past week, I didn’t drop any. That I know of anyway. In the haze of pain that Spring brings, God blessed the work of my hands.
May God Bless the work of your hands,
*The word prosper is used in place of the word “establish” in the NABRE.
My prayer for this week:
My Lord, Please bless the work of my hands this week. I want to do better than last week. I want the work of my hands to further the Work of Your Hands. Please guide me. May the Work of Your Hands bring us Joy!
“A Hymn of Thanksgiving for God’s Fidelity
1 A psalm. A Sabbath song.
2 It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praise to your name, Most High,
3 To proclaim your love at daybreak,
your faithfulness in the night,
4 With the ten-stringed harp,
with melody upon the lyre.
5 For you make me jubilant, Lord, by your deeds;
at the works of your hands I shout for joy. [NABRE]”
(emphasis added by Milly)
P.S: I prayed the entire Psalm 92 for this week. It is not too long and it is a beautiful Psalm. Look it up and give it a try. Have a blessed week. Milly.