"May He give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed."
~Psalm 20:4 (NIV)
There is no way around it. The fundamental truth, whether we accept or believe it or not, is that success comes from God. Period. Of course, there are practical things we can do to bring ourselves financial success, family success, and even spiritual success (yes the Bible gives us a clear roadmap to that); but the future belongs to God, and only by giving Him our today in every area we need success, can we be confident of future success.
But what does success really look like? It’s fairly simple: whatever God’s will is. If we can tap into His will and walk fairly close to that plan, we will be called successful. I guarantee it. Those with no faith, or those who can only consider the physical reality, may not call you successful to your face, but I guarantee you that something in them that can’t be touched by the physical or material will know… They may not be able to put their finger on it, or call it by name, but they will know that something about you is different, desirable, and admirable.
So how can we most effectively see the reality of Psalm 20:4 manifest in our lives? God showers blessings on His children and the children of the world; the righteous and the sinner alike; however, those who place the whole of their trust in the name of the Most High, have a different outcome than random occasional “blessings.” When the name of The Lord becomes what defines you, the one thing you trust in and depend on, what motivates your every act and decision, what drives your giving and spending, what decides your career and relationship choices, THEN you become uniquely changed and qualified.
You change because, somehow and somewhere in the middle of living a life all about making the name of The Lord preeminent, your desires no longer become your desires. They become His. You lose your personal agendas and ambitions and begin to keenly become aware and capable of accomplishing His! This desire, awareness, and ability qualifies you to receive and handle a level of success in peace, joy, love, increase, responsibility, elevation, and influence that impacts the greatest entity ever created: The Kingdom of God. THAT is success!
You know, another translation for the word “success” in this verse is Purpose. Psalm 20:4 in the New King James Bible reads, “May He…fulfill all your purpose.” Ultimately personal success comes from realizing, accepting, and living a life of purpose. Again, only God knows the purpose for which He created each individual. Therefore, the dynamics of our purpose, and the road to fulfilment can only come from Him. Putting our everything in His control guarantees we stay on the path He has already designed for us…leading directly to purpose and success.
So yes, my prayer for you today is Psalm 20:4. May your desires become His desires, your agenda become His agenda, and may your life unfold with strategic successes in every area of reality as HE more and more becomes the Lord of every area of your life. As you do that, may you walk into the fullness of purpose in each of your activities, days, years, and ultimately your life! Amen!
Victorious In His name,