It’s fitting that the One Year Bible readings for today—the last day of the year—conclude the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. And those conclusions carry lasting truth.
The Old Testament concludes with the promise of restoration: God will purify and restore His people—Israel—turning their hearts to Him, despite their sinful failure to follow Him, because, in His unchanging faithfulness, God doesn’t break His promises.
The New Testament concludes with the reality of restoration: God has purified and restored His people—all believers, not just Israel—in keeping with His promises.
The Book of Psalms concludes with the fitting exhortation for all people to praise God, for He is worthy of praise for his “mighty works” and his “unequaled greatness” (NLT).
The Book of Proverbs concludes with the message that the one who fears the Lord (that is, regarding God with reverential awe, and earnestly seeking to obey Him) is the one who is praiseworthy.
So as this year comes to an end, may we have an attitude of fearing the Lord and praising Him for Who He is and what He’s done, confident of His faithfulness in purifying us and turning our hearts to Him.