Monday, May 17, 2010

For Our Graduates

May he grant you your heart's desire, and fulfill all your plans. Psalm 20: 4 NRSV

I have been thinking about those who are graduating this May. What wonderful words to say over someone who is graduating from either high school or college! To pray that God will grant someone their heart's desire and fulfill all their plans would be a powerful prayer indeed.

But will God always grant us our heart's desire?

Will God make sure all my plans are fulfilled?

Is there not something missing in this verse?

Well, this psalm is asking God for victory. This is a psalm used before or in the midst of battle. The words of this psalm remind God of the speakers' own faithfulness and trust in the God who can get the believer out of trouble. The assurance that God will help God's people is overwhelming. The psalmist puts trust in God rather than armaments or the number of horses.

So, perhaps we should be praying this verse over our graduating seniors with the stipulation that is through God's power, not our degrees or diplomas that will give us victory and success. Trust in this powerful God is what we need along with our own faithfulness to our Lord.

God, may those who are graduating trust in you, not in their knowledge or the piece of paper they will receive from their school. For you will give them the victory, you alone can truly grant their heart's desire, and you alone will fulfill the plans of the faithful. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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