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Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things! The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!” I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done. The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD. This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The LORD has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success.
Today’s psalm reminds us that it is the Lord who does “mighty things!” He is the One who has opened the “gates of the righteous.” Although He was rejected and put to death, now He has become the “cornerstone” that holds our relationship with God together.
The psalmist ends this portion with a prayer for something we all want—success. But sometimes God’s view of victory looks a bit different than ours. Following is a prayer to pray for your children and grandchildren. Let’s pray that God will grant them His success.
I pray that You would grant Your success to (say their names).
Give them success in the lessons of losing.
Give them success in serving others.
Give them success in befriending the lonely.
Give them success in caring for the unfortunate.
Give them success in choosing friends.
Give them success in using time wisely.
Give them success in reading Your Word daily.
Give them success in prayer.
Give them success in the pain of failure.
Give them success in the accolades of achievement.
Give them success in obeying Your Word.
Give them success in repentance.
Give them success in following hard after You.
Give them success in using the gifts You’ve given them.
Give them success in standing for You
…even if it means standing alone.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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