O Lord, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing of joy at the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful! Psalm 90: 13-17 NLT
I wonder in what efforts the psalmist wanted to be successful. Perhaps he was asking for a good harvest to keep from being placed into slavery. Maybe he wanted success on the battlefield so that his country and home would be safe from enemies. Or it is possible that the psalmist simply wanted the king to do well, to make the country prosper. Any of those scenarios would fit.
In what areas of your life do you want to be successful? Success can mean receiving lots of recognition but it can also mean simply doing well on a day to day basis in your life and in your work. In fact, the psalmist says that the best approval is God's approval. I think that is the kind of success the psalmist really wants.
God, make my efforts successful so that I receive your approval. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims