Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, the right hand of the Lord exalts, the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!
Today’s psalm reminds us that it is the Lord who does “valiantly!” He is the One who has opened the “gates of righteousness.” 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. Here’s 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 the humility of winning.
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 their 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 at following hard after you.
Give them success at using the gifts you’ve given them.
Give them success in standing for you
…even if it means standing alone.
In Jesus’ name.
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