Grant Us Favor and Establish the Work of Our Hands!

Rabbinical tradition tells us that Moses wrote Psalms 90 to 100. This would make these Psalms some of the oldest of the all the Psalms. One of my favorite’s is Psalm 90, which bears this inscription: “A Prayer of Moses the man of God.” Psalm 90 emphasizes the eternity of God and the transitoriness of human life. While the entire Psalm is glorious and wonderful, I would like to draw your attention to the last verse.

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.”
Psalms 90:17 (NASB)

I absolutely love the Word God. Anytime I see a promise or a prayer in the Word of God I pray it, or I confess and declare the promise for my life. In this particular verse, Moses is asking God for two things, let us examine each of them separately; and I hope that you will begin to confess and expect them to manifest in your life.

The first is favor, Moses prays, “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;” yes Lord let your favor be in my life! This word “favor” in the text is not the favor most of us are familiar with which means grace when God said, “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:8 the Hebrew word used here is “chen” which means favor or grace. However, in our text the Hebrew word translated favor is “noam” which comes from the root word “naem” meaning to be pleasant, or to be delightful, or lovely. So when Moses says, “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;” he is asking God for a pleasant life. A pleasant life is a life that is happy, satisfying and full of enjoyment. Wait a minute? Are you saying that as believers we can ask God for a life that is pleasant and satisfying? Yes! Go ahead you can ask God for a pleasant life.

The second is confirm or as the NIV puts it “establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.” To establish something means to institute something, such as a law permanently by enactment or agreement, to make something firm or stable, to bring something into existence. While the English word means to make something firm or stable, the Hebrew word gives us a different but similar meaning. The Hebrew word used in the text is “kun” meaning to be firm. When someone who understands Hebrew speaks this word what comes to their mind is permanence. In other words, what Moses is asking God to do is to give permanence to the work of his hands. Moses wants God to make the labor of his hands last forever.

As believers, we can ask God for a life that is marked by enjoyment and satisfaction, and we can believe God for establishing and making the work of our hand permanent. It is up to you, your confession and declaration will determine the kind of life you live, so come on like Moses declare and pray this verse:

                                                       “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;                                                       And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

Be Blessed!

Bishop Jemmott

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