By Mark D. Roberts | Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I cry to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
Gracious God, You have a purpose for my life. You have created and saved me so that I might walk in the good works You have determined for me. Your plans for me are good, both for my life and for Your kingdom. When I discover and live out Your purpose, I find personal fulfillment, knowing that I am doing that for which I have been redeemed.
The good news of this psalm, Lord, is that I’m not on my own in this process. It’s not up to me to find out my purpose and live it, because You are in the business of fulfilling Your purpose for me. You are active in my life, guiding me, inspiring me, transforming me.
Thank You, dear Lord, for this work in my life. Thank You for using me for Your purpose and Your glory. Help me to live even more consistently for that which You have planned. Guide me to choose Your will each and every day, so that You might, indeed, fulfill Your purpose for me.
The Hebrew of Psalm 57:2 (which is 57:3 in Hebrew, because the introductory material of the psalm is counted as verse 1) reads literally: “I cry out to God Most High, to God completing upon me.” The word “purpose” doesn’t actually appear in this verse, but is rightly implied from the verb gamar which means “to complete.” In the New Testament, a similar thought is found in Philippians 2:13: “[F]or it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
Topics: Psalm 056-060 |