40 Days in the Psalms – Day 31

Ps 138 – “Finish what you started in me, GOD. Don’t quit on me now.”

We’ve all got projects that sit unfinished — backyard landscaping, a book we started to read or write, a quilt, a model airplane, an unused musical instrument, or something else. We started with enthusiasm and the best of intentions, only to get distracted or pressed for time. Truthfully, many of those projects will never get finished.

It can feel that way in our walk with Christ, too.

We’ve had seasons of intense faith activity, high spiritual energy, and powerful transformation. Then the everyday forces, demands, and pressures of life seem to take over. Things simmer down. We go off the boil. Long stretches of time pass and we sense little is happening.

Unfinished statueThe Psalmist sensed that the best work — perhaps the only good work — within him, was not what he did for himself but what the Lord did to him, in him, and for him. “Finish what you started in me, GOD.”

If you are facing a season of silence or dryness in your walk with Christ, perhaps this would make a good prayer today. There’s no need to beat ourselves; nothing gained by regret or resentment; no benefit in assigning blame.

How we arrived at this moment is far less important than what the next moment will look like. Let’s join the Psalmist, with all sincerity, and invite Christ to finish what He started in us — perhaps even finish these last 10 days of Lent in a meaningful and transformational way within us. His work is the only lasting work within us.

Breath Prayer for Today: “Finish what you started, Lord.”

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