“Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.
O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: Thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.
Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.
Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.
The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing,” (Psalm 65:1-2, 9-13).
We are once again at the threshold of another year-end, and as the year draws to a close, all sincere children of God will earnestly desire to get ever closer to God in order to know his heartbeat and mindset for the New Year, and to discern as well as determine what His promises are concerning us.
The above texts re-affirms one salient promise that God made in the ancient past, but which is still true for us today. His promise is that He will crown the year for us. What is the meaning of that term, “the Crowning of the Year?”
•A crown is a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory.
•A crown is a bejeweled ornamental headdress worn by monarchs and royalties to signify sovereignty or suzerainty.
•A crown is that part of a hat, headgear or cap (the vertex or apex part) that covers the crown of the head.
All of the foregoing implies that God’s promise is to reserve the crowning of our glory to the later part of the year; and for this to work out, we need to diligently work on the following areas:
•Let us start off the forth-coming New Year with God – strengthen our spiritual life by prayer, fasting, study of God’s word, fellowship, evangelism and sacrificial giving.
•Let us carefully note those gray areas of our lives where we might have experienced failures or deficiencies in the out-going year, and prayerfully resolve never to repeat them again.
•Let us strengthen our family ties through qualitative devotions, family altars, and sacrifice more time and resources to cater for them.
•Let us prayerfully and carefully outline our goals and priorities for the New Year, and make some necessary resolutions which we intend to follow through.
•Let us diligently evaluate our relationships and prune off the unprofitable ones.
•Let us invest in our mental, soulish and spiritual education by buying and reading more books, periodicals, journals and other helpful resource materials.
•Let us last but not the least, resolve never to be stagnant in the New Year, and make every effort to initiate a career shift where necessary or desirable.
As we brace up for another New Year in just a couple of days from now, my prayer is that God would have moved you and I several steps ahead into the destiny He has already mapped out for us; and I pray that nobody will take our place in destiny, and nobody will do that work for which God already foreordained for us to accomplish! You and I will surely fulfill our God-appointed destiny in Jesus’ Priceless and Matchless Name! Amen.