Daily D – Psalm 138:8
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me. LORD, your faithful love endures forever; do not abandon the work of your hands.
PSALM 138:8 (CSB)
Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now.
I spent a couple of fruitful hours coaching two world-class leaders yesterday afternoon. What a privilege to know them and to listen in on how God is using them to extend his Kingdom rule and reign here and around the world.
Earlier this week, I enjoyed similar experiences coaching leaders from across America online. Our devotional thought as we began our training was Acts 13:36. This text contains important insights. It is also bookended by what David says about himself in Psalm 138:8. We have in these two texts a) God’s plan, and b) God’s fulfillment of his plan.
David sang two important truths in Psalm 138:
1. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me.
2. The LORD’s faithful love endures forever.
The Message paraphrase of this text enlarges our understanding. “Finish what you started in me, GOD.” You and I are not accidents. No matter if anyone tries to tell you differently, you are here on purpose.
There is a reason for your life. God knew you before time began. When Jesus was on the cross, you were on his mind. Jesus has gone to prepare a place for you so that you may be with him forever (John 14:1-6). It is, as one old preacher put it, “The most beautiful place the mind of God can imagine and the hand of God can create.”
What God started so long ago, he will bring to completion, he will bring to fulfillment. Trust me when I tell you that his Fulfillment Center is better than Amazon’s.
The second truth David sang for us is about God’s faithful love. Flip back two psalms to 136 and listen to one of the most enduring truths of all eternity: His faithful love endures forever.
Everything God does in bringing our lives to fulfillment day by day, evening and morning, now and forever, is motivated and animated by his most defining characteristic, his limitless love.
Our Father in heaven imagined you in love. When you were born, he lovingly laughed and smiled. When you turned your heart toward him, it was because he had been winning you over without your conscious awareness until that moment. He has taken the initiative to create you, to grow you, to equip you, to use you to bless the whole world.
He woos you still. He loves you forever. He longs to maximize your life, to give you an ever-better story to live. He wants you to agree with David, the youngest, the smallest, the least significant of his brothers, who became a Bear Bouncer, a Lion Tamer, and a Giant Killer.
Our Father wants to enlarge your life. He wants you to live so big and so beautiful that no headstone saying could capture his accomplishments through you except for what he said about David: He served God’s purpose in his own generation.
The world is a much better place because David the Shepherd Boy lived. The world will be a much better place beginning the moment when you learn to live, really live, in step with God’s purpose for your life.
Whether you are on the right path, off the right path, or don’t know the first thing about God’s path for your life, God can take you where you are and lead you forward with purpose in every step. Pray with David: “Finish what you started in me, GOD. Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now.”
Praying that kind of prayer and living that kind of life leads to epitaphs narrow enough to fit on a tombstone and expansive enough to bring to memory stories of adventure, success, setbacks, fresh starts, and fulfillment. People will still sing your song generations into the future.
God finishes what he starts. He started you. How will you and God maximize your story in the time you have left?
I will live in fulfillment of God’s dreams for me.
Our Father, thank you for the Shepherd King’s life and legacy. I want on my tombstone that wonderful word Fulfilled. Fulfill your dreams for me. Fulfill your purpose for my life. Fulfill your destiny for me. Fulfill my story that it may inspire others to know you, to experience you, to live into the fulfillment of your plan and purpose for them. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.