Good morning and Happy New Year. There’s something invigorating about the new year. Though January 1 is really just an arbitrary day on the Gregorian calendar, it still feels as though there’s a fresh start – a new beginning that lies ahead, which is why so many take the occasion to set resolutions for the new year. But that ginned-up feeling rarely has enough staying power to help you to follow through on those New Year’s resolutions.
But the good news is that there is a sustaining power that isn’t just seasonal emotions based on holiday vibes. That true and lasting power comes from the sustaining hand of the Lord, which is available to us year-round, on a daily basis.
A few scriptures might come to my mind when I consider how the Lord daily sustains his people. Maybe you also have a list of passages that come to your mind. I’ll read a few of those and let’s allow these passages to stir our affections for worship.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22–23 ESV)
Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
(Psalm 30:4–5 ESV)
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation.
(Psalm 68:19 ESV)