Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Blessed by God

 3Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
 4Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
 5The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
 6Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel. 
(Psalm 128:3-6, King James Version)

Blessed by God

Psalm 128 continues with its theme: blessed by God. What does the Psalmist picture? He shows us a man, sitting at his table with his wife and children about him. With God's blessing he will see the good of Jerusalem (God's people) all the days of his life, and will live to see his children's children.

Sometimes Psalms such as this can be confusing. After all, we see saints of God, faithful to Him in every way who have lost their spouses, maybe their children have died, or they have no children, and their life is not one of peace or ease. How do we justify that picture in light of this Psalm?

It is important that we realize that no matter how "good" we may be or appear to be, God does not owe us anything. Second, God, who knows our heart of hearts, takes us through rivers and valleys--even valleys of the shadow of death--that He might refine us and make us more like Him. Born with a love of this world, it is not natural for us to turn away from the things of this world and turn to God. Only by God's working on our behalf through our experiences in life, can His Spirit move us to turn away from our natural desires and lusts and turn to Him.

We must also realize that while we walk this road of life, our greatest foe, Satan, will always lurk about seeking to devour us or push us off the road of faith on which we walk. Even so, we are not to walk in fear, but in trust, for God, who loves us so much, is always close at hand to pick us up when we stumble, and shepherd us that we might not turn from to the right or left in our quest to faithfully live for Him.

Psalm 128 offers us great encouragement as we see the tender way in which God moves on behalf of His children. The blessings we are so prone to take for granted are given to us as precious gifts from our Lord. Though the storms of life may crash and thunder all about us, we are kept safe in the haven God has given us on this earth.

So, as we sit about our tables, gaze upon the faithful spouse God has given us, and look upon our children and grandchildren, our hearts must of necessity look to God above who has so wonderfully blessed us. Though life outside our doors may be filled with stress and turmoil, we live within the peace and comfort of God Himself, who gives to us His more richly than we ever deserve.

And, if we sit about our table, alone, with no friends or family, yet still we can praise our God who is more to us than any friends or family could ever be. From Him come all good gifts; from Him comes the peace that passes all understanding!

Yes, indeed, as His children, we are all blessed by God!

God Bless You,
Linda

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