Psalm 138:8 - God Will Work Out His Plans For Our Lives.

Psalm 138:8 (NLT) The Lord will work out his 
plans for my life - for your faithful love, O 
Lord, endures forever. Dont abandon me, for you 
made me.  


   King David wrote, "The Lord will perfect 
that which concerns me." Maybe you resonate with 
that verse because, at this moment, there are a 
number of things that concern you. This passage 
tells us that God is in all of those concerns - 
and using them to perfect you. The Living Bible 
reads, "The Lord will work out his plans for my 
life." Since none of us know how long we will live, 
God may be close to completing His work, or He 
may have a long way to go. The encouraging thing 
is, He's at work in your life. In your triumphs 
and golden moments. In your hardships and 
disappointments. These are all evidence of the perfecting 
work of God in you and through you. Yes, 
afflictions - especially new and hard ones - will always 
be a concern. But they are never random. And 
God will use every one of them for your good. 
   Lord. I do have concerns. Of course I do. 
But I can smile, knowing that I am still under 
construction, and that when You have finished, You will 
take me home to be with You. I can have quiet 
contentment, even in my afflictions, because of the 
future that awaits me. Taking up my cross today 
leads to a crown tomorrow. [A Spectacle of Glory 
by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby] 

   Because I travel frequently, I get to see 
most of the major cities in our country. No 
matter how successful or dynamic a city's downtown 
area may be, I almost always see at least a few 
buildings that have clearly been abandoned. Their 
glass windows stare back at me like vacant eyes, 
looking down upon the graffiti and trash continually 
accumulating around their foundations. 
   Many of these sites aren't even that old. 
I can tell that only a few years ago these 
monoliths were the pride and joy of some new builder, 
business owner, or company. For whatever reason, 
though, they now sit empty and abandoned. 
   Inner-city office buildings aren't the 
only things that people vacate and leave behind. 
It might be our families, our jobs, our pasts 
that we've tried to move away from, often for 
good reasons. Nonetheless, those vacancies echo 
inside us as the emotional scars remain. 
   The good news is that God not only heals 
our wounds, but he will never abandon us. He has 
promised to be with us always. He's not going to 
suddenly leave us in the lurch, orphaned and alone. 
He's our Father, and he loves us, pursues us, and 
cares for us. 
   Thank you, Father, for promising never to 
abandon me. Your love provides the foundation of 
security I need today to face anything that's ahead. 
[Daily Power by Craig Groeschel] 


   Walking "in the midst of trouble" did not 
hinder the psalmist's worship (vv. 1-3). If 
anything, it helped him to pray and to praise the Lord 
even more. David could not go to the temple, so 
he worshiped "toward the temple"; and God 
helped him.  
   His troubles did not hinder his witness 
(vv. 4-6). David may have been among the Gentiles 
when he wrote this psalm, but he was careful to 
share the Word and instruct them on singing God's 
praises. Trouble can be God's way to open doors for 
you to share the gospel.  
   His troubles did not hinder his walk (vv. 
7-8). God revived David and enabled him to defeat 
his foes. Best of all, God perfected His plan 
for David and made him a better man (Eph. 2:10; 
Phil. 2:12-13).  
   You may think that your troubles give you 
an excuse to stop living for the Lord. This 
psalm says that just the opposite is true! Read it 
again and follow David's example. [Chapter by 
Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

Most manifestly the confidence which the 
Psalmist here expressed was a divine confidence. He 
did not say, I have grace enough to perfect 
that which concerneth me-my faith is so steady 
that it will not stagger-my love is so warm that 
it will never grow cold-my resolution is so 
firm that nothing can move it; no, his dependence 
was on the Lord alone. If we indulge in any 
confidence which is not grounded on the Rock of ages, 
our confidence is worse than a dream, it will 
fall upon us, and cover us with its ruins, to our 
sorrow and confusion. All that Nature spins time 
will unravel, to the eternal confusion of all who 
are clothed therein. The Psalmist was wise, he 
rested upon nothing short of the Lords work. It 
is the Lord who has begun the good work within 
us; it is he who has carried it on; and if he 
does not finish it, it never will be complete. If 
there be one stitch in the celestial garment of 
our righteousness which we are to insert 
ourselves, then we are lost; but this is our 
confidence, the Lord who began will perfect. He has done 
it all, must do it all, and will do it all. Our 
confidence must not be in what we have done, nor in 
what we have resolved to do, but entirely in what 
the Lord will do. Unbelief insinuates- You 
will never be able to stand. Look at the evil of 
your heart, you can never conquer sin; remember 
the sinful pleasures and temptations of the 
world that beset you, you will be certainly 
allured by them and led astray. Ah! yes, we 
should indeed perish if left to our own strength. 
If we had alone to navigate our frail vessels 
over so rough a sea, we might well give up the 
voyage in despair; but, thanks be to God, he will 
perfect that which concerneth us, and bring us to 
the desired haven. We can never be too confident 
when we confide in him alone, and never too much 
concerned to have such a trust. [Morning and Evening 
by Charles H. Spurgeon] 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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