A Psalm for the New Year

January 1, 2011 by marilyn   Comments (2)

As we begin a new year, Psalm 116 is a good scripture for our contemplation. Verses 7-9 encourage us to look back at what God has done for us: “Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.” (NIV) Hasn’t God been good to us in 2010? He has taken care of our needs and then some! He has answered our prayers. He has brought us through difficult times and down times. He has blessed us with good things, grace and growth. And here we are today – alive and well!  Reading on, verses 12-14 encourage us to look ahead at what we can do for God in 2011: “What can I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” (NIV)

Notice that the Psalmist comes up with three “resolutions” (“I will” statements). We would be wise to incorporate these into our individual resolutions for this New Year:

 

1. I WILL LIFT UP THE CUP OF SALVATION: Since God has poured so much into our salvation, the least we can do is to take and drink deeply of His salvation in Jesus Christ. We do this by fully embracing salvation – living the saved life to the full! And, let’s not forget to lift up this cup to others (“Share the Life!”) by offering them a drink of God’s eternal salvation! Let’s make His salvation our continual “toast” for the New Year!

 

2. I WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD: When we’re struggling, troubled, have an unmet need, or are facing a challenge or strong temptation, who do we call? To whom do we turn? The Psalmist chose God as His “rock”, his “refuge”, his constant support. Don’t “go it alone” in 2011, rather lean on God’s everlasting arms!

 

3. I WILL FULFILL MY VOWS TO THE LORD: Vows are promises, resolutions or commitments we make. While we cannot begin to repay God for all He has done for us, we can “pay our dues” by doing what we should: living holy and productive lives, serving Him in the church, in our families, at work, at school and holding up our end of the New Covenant by showing ourselves faithful to an ever-faithful God.

 

Church, God has been so good to us in 2010. Let’s be good to Him in   

2011! In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

AMEN!! Thank You Father!!!! Bless you and Thank you Marilyn!

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