“Let the kindness of the Lord our God be with us. Make us successful in everything we do. Yes, make us successful in everything we do.” (Psalms 90: 17, God’s Word Translation)
This verse is a prayer for success. It is a yearning for achievement in a way that is right and fruitful.
This psalm does more than simply ask to get something from God. It begins with a yielding to Him. It acknowledges God’s qualities at the outset, recognizing that His very presence is what grants us this success.
And the prayer specifically notes our need for God’s kindness. It encourages a receptivity to this quality of Spirit. It is not force or might that is being requested here. It is an awareness of compassion, gentle tenderness, kindness that leads to that success in all that we do.
As that kindness is seen to be with us, it is known also to be in us, expressed by us. This kindness is true accomplishment. It is achieving God’s purpose, one that blesses others with a goodness that brings to the human situation the healing influence of the divine.
This true success is available to us, in everything we do, because God’s kindness, His abundant Love, is ever with us and in us to feel and to generously share.
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