The Bible is powerful, instructional, encouraging, convicting, motivational and inspired by the heart of God. Lately, when I open the Bible, I have been experiencing all of the above. Something stands out and I'll read it over and over again. I wanted to share one of these recent encounters with you.
Psalm 21:6 Amplified:
"For You make him to be blessed and a blessing forever; You make him exceedingly glad with the joy of Your presence." (See Genesis 12:2)
Psalm 21:7 Amplified:
"For the king trusts, relies on, and is confident in the Lord, and through the mercy and steadfast love of the Most High he will never be moved."
As I read this passage, verse 6 stood out to me. David was praising God for His goodness, His presence and His victory. He states that he is made to “be blessed and a blessing forever.”
As I meditated on these verses, I began to dig a little deeper. For some reason, I always viewed blessing as a reward from God as a result of my good works and only when I produced something good, but as I was digging, verse 3 in the Passion translation puts it this way,
“Rich blessings overflow with every encounter with You.”
Every encounter in God’s presence is where blessing is, blessings full of joy, love, peace and all the fruits of the Spirit. (See Galatians 5:22)
Psalm 21:6 The Passion Translation:
"Your victory heaps blessing after blessing upon him. What joy and bliss he tastes, rejoicing before your face!"
David is giving God credit for His victory over David’s enemies. He is exalting the Greater One who triumphs over all his problems. If you’ve ever read or heard about some of the things David faced in life, take note at how much he praises God.
Psalm 21:7 The Passion Translation:
"For the King trusts endlessly in you, and he will never stumble, never fall. Your forever-love never fails and holds Him firm."
David stayed in touch with God and God held onto David. As a result, he experienced who God is. He experienced love. He experienced the consequences of His actions - good and bad. He knew beyond a shadow of doubt that God was still for Him. And he continually gave credit where credit was due.
Praise is a weapon, blessing is spiritual - it’s not always material things. When we spend time in God’s presence that is where we obtain something worth giving - love, grace, truth, patience – fruits of the Spirit and blessing. Want to be blessed? Start by spending time with God! He is so excited when you take time for him like you would your spouse, friend, or family. He loves you and can’t wait to speak when willing to hearts and ears are open!
I hope this little lesson God showed me has encouraged someone to look up and give thanks and praise to God for all that He has done for you in the past and all that He will do in the future!