When you look back on the years past, what is the same? It amazes me when I consider all of the changes that have occurred over the years. Things are continuously changing in our lives. This happened long before COVID-19 came on the scene.
I remember in high school, I was editor of the school newspaper and it was a very important part of my life. I invested so much time and energy into the paper. I enjoyed the technology, the editing, the writing, the process— everything. It was satisfying and at that time, I couldn’t imagine life any different. Then I graduated. Years later, I became a Certified Nursing Assistant. I loved helping others, building relationships, etc., and then the doctor advised me that my back needed me to change professions. Never would I have imagined not doing that work, but the only thing that remains from that time of CNA work is the monthly visits I take to the chiropractor and the special shoes I purchase to help with the past life injuries.
Not only has my life changed from these past seasons, but if I would return to my high school or the long-term care facilities where I worked, I am sure that things would be very different. The school newspaper has evolved. The long-term care facilities have new residents, new staff, new procedures, etc. Imagine if you were a fly on the wall at a previous school or employer, or even in your old house. You may see some things that are still the same, but you will surely note a lot of changes. Sometimes the changes overwhelm any glimpse of familiarity.
Today’s verse speaks of enduring works— established works. The Psalmist is describing works that God confirms, that God ordains, that God blesses. These works are works that are not simply works of the moment, but they last. They are part of your legacy. Yes, we do not live life to create our legacy; however, this is not a legacy that points to us — this is your faith legacy, the God masterpiece that God is working through in your life. This is you living for Jesus and God getting the glory. God is doing the enduring work. He is giving the favor. It is His sweet beauty that rests upon us. These works point to Him. These works endure. These works are all part of His big picture, His beautifully orchestrated plan that will unfold with glory upon glory.
Let us join together with the Lord for these enduring works. Yes, the Psalmist is asking that God join us. It appears that we are inviting Him. The truth is that He first extended the invitation. We now open our hearts and surrender our life to Him in partnership, in relationship. “O Lord our God, let Your sweet beauty rest upon us and give us favor. Come work with us, and then our works will endure, and give us success in all we do” (Psalm 90:17 TPT). Amen!