When God Gives You Success
Day: 69 | Plan: Even If
Today's Reading: Psalm 144
Psalm 144:1 (ESV) "Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle."
As a child, I had a dog who liked to bark at cars and chase them. I often thought, What will he do once he catches them? As I grew older, like my dog, I single-mindedly pursued and chased down success, but once I achieved some level of accomplishment, I began to question if I could maintain it or if it was even appropriate for me to succeed.
In today's psalm, David praises God for elevating him as king. He thanks God for His divine protection and love, and he requests continued rescue from his enemies. David models a humble, God-centered response to promotion, and gives us four principles we can cling to as God gives us success.
1. God positions us for success. (Psalm 144:1-2)
When we gain prestige, it's tempting to credit our own human efforts for our triumphs. Rather than claiming the glory for himself, David credits God for training him, protecting him and sovereignly positioning him to become king over Israel.
When God promotes us, we should reflect not on ourselves, but on every way God equipped us, shielded us and led us into victory. (Psalm 77:11, 143:5)
2. God's acknowledgment is better than man's praise. (Psalm 144:3-4)
Rather than obsessing over the approval of others, David thanks God for considering him. David recognizes the immeasurable worth of God's attentive gaze upon him.
As God elevates us, remember God's love for us transcends both time and anything we can ever achieve, but the praise of man is temporary and conditional. (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 2:8-9)
3. God's power gives us victory. (Psalm 144:5-8)
After Saul saw early victories as Israel's first king, he became self-reliant and disobeyed the Lord's commands. (1 Samuel 15:10-11) However, David remained dependent on God, crying out to Him for deliverance from his enemies.
To avoid the trap of relying on our own knowledge and experience, we too must remember that God's wisdom directs our paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
4. God desires to bless us. (Psalm 144:9-15)
In David's final verses, he asks God to prosper the people of Israel. However, it's God's presence and possession of Israel that David ascribes as the source of their blessedness. (Psalm 144:15)
As believers participating in God's New Testament covenant, we are blessed to experience the permanent indwelling of God's presence through His Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13-14) When God's blessing extends to our material wealth, we are called to steward it with wisdom. (Luke 14:28; Proverbs 3:9) We also have the opportunity to steward God's gift of salvation by proclaiming the gospel to others. (Acts 1:8)
When we imitate David's biblical response to success, our achievements point others to our great God, rather than ourselves. (Matthew 5:16) In all that you do, do it with excellence unto God with the confident assurance of His blessing.
Prayer: God, thank You so much for Your favor, beginning with Your salvation through Jesus Christ. Thank You for the success and blessings You graciously give us here on earth. Thank You that we don't have to feel guilty or selfish when You entrust us with wealth, authority or influence. Rather let us always acknowledge you as the Giver and use everything to serve and point others to You. In Jesus' name, amen.
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