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1991: ANOTHER GOOD YEAR
by Zane C. Hodges
So wrote King David centuries ago. Or perhaps he wrote this as a young man taking care of his father's sheep. Or he might even have written it while he was a fugitive from the hatred of King Saul.
It doesn't really matter when he wrote it, for he could have written it in any year of his life. And in any year since then, right up through 1991! For what David has written is a timeless truth about God's way of dealing with His people throughout the ages.
And it is with God's people that David is chiefly concerned. In fact, he opens the Psalm with these words:
A little later he writes:
So it is of Israel, God's Old Testament people, that David is mainly thinking.
But his thoughts branch out to all mankind when he says:
And it is of the entire earth that David is thinking in the verses that come right before the verse we are looking at (v 11). In those verses he expounds God's "goodness" in these words:
The complete simplicity of David's gratitude is touching. It is not of great achievements that David speaks, but of the regular and ordinary things that God does in and through His creation. These constitute the "goodness" with which God crowns the year, and for which David praises Him.
Perhaps, then, in this opening month of 1992 we should cast a backward glance at 1991. Was 1991 a year that God crowned with the simple things that make our lives liveable and tinged with joy? Of course it was.
But 1991 was also a hard year for many. Some lost loved ones in the Persian Gulf War. Others suffered financial reverses in a year of recession. Others experienced grave illnesses and other misfortunes. But David does not say that God makes every aspect of every year an undivided joy. Instead he says that God CROWNS the year with His goodness.
No matter what your experience in 1991 might have been like, I am sure you can find more than a few expressions of God's goodness which are the crowning aspects of your life last year.
Did you have food on your table? Did you have moments of happiness with your family? Did God teach you anything about Himself? Did you enjoy some special times of prayer fellowship with Him? Were there answered prayers? What are the good things with which God crowned 1991 for you?
"Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion," David wrote. Does praise wait for Him among us as well? Especially among us who believe in God's absolutely free salvation? Surely we can gratefully say with the Apostle Paul:
The song which we sang so often in a small Baptist church I attended in my childhood still speaks to me today:
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