Background: The book of Psalms was written by at least 7 authors. It expresses a range of human emotions from praise to God in good times, fear of enemies in bad times, guilt, anger and an overriding confidence in God’s goodness, majesty and power.
Moses wrote Psalm 90 most likely during God’s peoples 40 year desert wanderings. Moses was looking forward to a time in the Promised Land that the people would enjoy God’s blessings and Seal of Approval for their efforts.
Ask the children…
What was Moses looking forward to for God’s people?
“Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery!
Replace the evil years with good.
16 Let us, your servants, see you work again;
let our children see your glory.” (Psalm 90:15, 16)
What would be the evidence of God’s Seal of Approval?
“And may the Lord our God show us his approval
and make our efforts successful.
Yes, make our efforts successful!” (Psalm 90:17)
When the nation of Israel finally made it to the Promised Land, God showed His approval by destroying their enemies and helping them take back their land. All their enemies saw God’s Seal of Approval as if it was printed on their foreheads, and their enemies knew they would be defeated and were afraid.
Ask your children if they have seen God’s Seal of Approval in their lives by acheivements they have been able to do by His strength? God wants them to be successful, but only in His strength. When they try to do it on their own, they will fail. Ask God together for His Seal of Approval on your children’s next endeavors.
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