The Divine Appraisal
"And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it" (Psalm 90:17).
An American tourist in Paris purchased an inexpensive necklace in a trinket shop. Upon entering New York, he was shocked at the high duty assessed at customs. Curious, he determined to have it appraised. Upon examination the jeweler said, "I'll give you $25,000 for it."
Greatly surprised, he took it to another expert. This jeweler offered him $35,000! Astonished, the man asked, "What's so special about this old necklace?" The jeweler held up a magnifying glass. There before the man's eyes was an inscription:
"From Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine." The necklace's value came from its identification with a great man.
Moses and his generation felt greatly diminished by God's judgment on their sin. Facing years in a dreary desert, Moses wanted to regain some of their lost value. He knew there was dignity in meaningful work (v.16). But he also wanted God to work on them (v.17).
As God's people, we bear His service. As God's property, we bear His signature. Under a spiritually trained eye, our identification with God has incalculable value.
"And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels" (Malachi 3:17).