Blessed God, Israel’s God, the one and only wonder-working God!
Blessed always his blazing glory! All earth brims with his glory.
Yes, yes, and yes.

Psalms 72:18-20 MSG

DEVOTION – JANUARY 13, 2019

I love this time of the year as the old year comes to a close and the new year rings in full of hopes, dreams, and wonder. Being very involved in the worship life of the church, the season just after Advent/Christmas is a great opportunity to pause, reflect, and, in those quiet moments, begin to look ahead as to what the new year may hold.

I came across a lovely thought as I read Psalm 72 in Eugene Peterson’s version of the Message:

Blessed God, Israel’s God,
the one and only wonder-working God!
Blessed always his blazing glory!
All earth brims with his glory.
Yes, yes, and yes.
-Psalms 72:18-20 MSG

The closing phrase, “yes, yes, and yes,” literally jumped off the page. I thought, “what a great way to look at 2019!” And even more so, what better way to look at God’s hand, blessing, and work in our lives than “yes, yes, and yes.”

For those times when I’ve prayed and believed, and the answer came in just the way that I had asked, his answer was “yes.” The Scriptures remind us that he’s near us and hears our every prayer (Psalm 145:18), to pray about everything and not be anxious about anything (Phil. 4:6), and that every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of lights (James 1:17).

But what about those times when answers come in different ways than we’ve prayed or expected? Could it be that his “yes” very well may be a “not just yet?” or “I’m answering in a way that you’ve not seen or thought of yet”?

We’re reminded that God is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28) even though there are times when his timetable and schedule may seem a little different than ours. During these times, like James, we can draw close to God with the promise he will draw close to us (James 4:8).

So in 2019, why not let this simple thought of “yes, yes, and yes” serve to remind each of us just how much God loves us (John 3:16), just how much God is for us (Romans 8:31), and that no matter what 2019 brings our way, God is always working for our best!

Yes, yes, and yes!

Don Peslis

Pastor of Chapel Worship
dpeslis@crossings.church

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