Wednesday: Psalm 137-138; Nehemiah 12.1-26; Acts 27.1-26

From: Brittany Yeager

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

As I read through our Psalm readings for the day, the verse above stuck out to me. It’s such a definitive statement. David doesn’t say, “The LORD might fulfill his purpose for me,” or “The Lord could fulfill his purpose for me.” David is putting his stake in the ground regarding a future promise and he is basing it on his understanding that the steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.

I don’t know about you, but I have an easier time becoming discouraged over present circumstances than I’d care to admit. It can be hard to keep the long-term purposes of God in view, especially in the midst of persistent, discouraging present realities. We know enough of David’s story to see that this was probably something that he wrestled with, too. Perhaps his wrestling began when his father, Jesse, first called him back from keeping sheep to stand before Samuel as potential king of Israel. As a last-pick offering, and as a shepherd content to keep his sheep, I wonder if that Garden-birthed doubt crept into David’s mind, questioning the good purposes of God.

Wherever we find ourselves, I hope that we can be like David, wrestling within the generous confines of God’s ever-enduring steadfast love; that we would trust that his work in us will not be forsaken because he has loved us with a “never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love,” as Sally Lloyd-Jones puts it. He will fulfill his purposes for us; may we trust him to do that glorious work in us!