“And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it” (Psalms 90:17)This Psalm has been accredited to the old patriarch Moses, the man of God, as being one of his prayers. Look at the word “establish” – (1) to institute permanently; (2) to bring into existence: found.
This request was made with the confidence of the fact that the questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How had already been answered. This was not a request for God to bless us in the services that we perform, simply motivated from our old flesh, basically to fulfill the lust thereof. But instead, it was a request to perform the plan and purpose that God has set in motion. As the children of God, our request should be the same. The Word of God clearly shows us that the questions have been answered.
Moses knew the truth of what it means to prosper. If you are a child of God and are requesting that the works of your hands be established, or in other words, for the work of your hands to prosper; first allow the Word of God to answer these questions. And in and through them, I pray your request be answered as well.
Who? Moses knew who had established him in his work, and who would establish the work of his hands. Read Exodus 3:4, 14; 4:16. In 1 Peter 2:9, the Bible reads, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” And in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
What? Moses knew what his work was; and so should we. Read Exodus 3:12, 8, 17. We just read in 1 Corinthians and 1 Peter that we are to show forth the praises of God and to glorify God. This is the true work of our hands. Colossians 3:23 tells us, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
When? Moses knew when God had established him in his work. How could he forget “The Burning Bush”? But he also understood that there would be obstacles, enemies, and opponents to be faced while performing this work. Read Exodus 3:4. (Ephesians 2:10) “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Philippians 1:6) “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
Where? Moses knew where he was to perform this work. Read Exodus 3:10-12. (Philippians 2:15) “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” Moses was no longer in Egypt and subject to their rules and ruler; and we have been made free from being servants of sin and death. Therefore we should work and walk in the Light of Jesus, being raised from the dead. In the place of freedom is where the work of our hands has been established. (Colossians 2:20) “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,” (touch not, taste not, handle not; which all are to perish with the using) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Read Romans 6:7.
Why? Moses understood that he had been placed in a position to help in a cause higher than himself. As the instruments of God, we are to be used to ultimately bring Glory unto God. We start by being obedient to The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 5:18) “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;”
How? Moses knew how God would establish the works of his hands, because he had been told by God that he would not be able to perform his purpose based on the strength of his own fleshly hands. See Exodus 2:12, where he tried his way. Moses even made excuses about his weaknesses (Exodus 4:10). But we know: (Philippians 2:13) “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 1:20-21) “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. (21) Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;”
Our total conversation is the work of our hands. And we should work while we are capable and able; while we still have time; today.