"Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!"
"Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep."
It made me think ahead to our planned ministry this summer with STEP (Summer Team Evangelism Preparation). There is much to be done in preparing for the team's arrival and the outreach events we'd like to see happen. I was convicted about fretting too much and striving to work it out in my own strength. These Psalms remind me that it must be God's work through us. He is the One who changes hearts and causes all things to work together for good. Yes, we must be diligent and obedient to the tasks at hand, but not excessively - sleep is allowed and is a blessing!
Please pray along with us that God would establish the work of our hands and be the builder of and guardian over our feeble efforts in reaching the world for Christ.