David was certain that goodness and mercy would follow him all the days of his life. This truth gives every trusting child of God assurance especially on the threshold of a new, uncertain year. The God of beginnings in Genesis is the One who gives us new beginnings today (John 1:1-13). He can wipe clean the slate of 2016 with its sins and defeats because Jesus died and rose from the dead to pay sin’s penalty and break sins power. He can lift us out of ruts of routine that bog down spiritual growth. He can give strength for new battles and temptations. He will make 2017 truly a happy New Year if we but open and keep opening our heart’s door to Him. Begin this first day of the rest of your life by giving every area of your life to Jesus- the God of new beginnings.

Another year is dawning: Dear Father, let it be,

In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;

Another year of progress, another year of praise,            

Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,

Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;       

Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast,

Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love;

Another year of training for holier work above.

Another year is dawning, Dear Father, let it be,

On earth or else in heaven, another year for Thee.

Make these words your prayer as you enter another year.

Once a godly college girl, as she tacked the New Year calendar to the wall said. “It is going to be a beautiful year.” ‘How do you know?’Asked her room-mate. “Well”, she replied. “A day is not a long time and I know it is going to be beautiful because I am going to take a day at a time and make it so. I will see that very one of those 365 days gets at least one beautiful thing into it through Jesus Christ.”Her New Year motto might be in the words of David, “So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

RECIPE FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR

I will be like Enoch – walk in daily fellowship with my Heavenly Father.

Like Abraham – trust implicitly in my God.

Like Job – be patient under all circumstances.

Like Joseph – turn my back on all seductive advances.

Like Moses- choose to suffer rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin.

Like Caleb and Joshua –  refuse to be discouraged because of numbers.

Like Gideon – advance, even though my friends are few.

Like David – lift up my eyes to the hills from which comes my help.

Like Jehoshaphat – prepare my heart to seek the Lord.

Like Daniel – commune with God at all times and in all places.

Like Andrew – strive to lead others to Christ.

Like Stephen – manifest a forgiving spirit towards all who seek my hurt.

Like Paul- forget those things that are behind and press forward..

LET GOD HAVE YOUR LIFE, HE CAN DO MORE WITH IT THAN YOU CAN