11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them shout for joy forever.
May you shelter them,
and may those who love your name boast about you.
12 For you, Lord, bless the righteous one;
you surround him with favor like a shield. (Psalm 5:11-12 CSB)
Blessed – We tend to throw the term around a bit.
When we are asked how are doing; “Blessed”
When we sneeze; “Bless you”
Yet, blessings are something that scripture and God take very seriously. Look at the scripture above again. What precedes the blessing; Taking refuge, rejoicing, shouting for joy, sheltering, loving and boosting of God.
And the outcome of the blessing is not things. It is “favor like a shield.” We have God’s favor, and behind it even the worst situations are made better.
10 You made them a kingdom[a]
and priests to our God,
and they will reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:10 CSB)
When you believed, did you realize that you were meant for something higher? You were meant to be a priest to our God.
Your calling is higher, it requires more. No longer is mundane ok. We must rise above, humbly, the world around us. We are to be a shining example of God’s love and a light to His path.
Not only in our faith dealings, but in all of our dealings we should be exemplary. Someone to be looked up to, humbly, for our integrity. Not allowing this to become a point of pride, but humbly accepting our new role in the world.
28 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1 CSB)
I don’t run. I have never liked to run and I see this scripture as good enough reason to never run.
But in all seriousness, we see people running all the time. I don’t mean for exercise, but running through life. Never taking a moment to slow down and savor what limited time they have. Life transpires to keep us in a dead run all the time.
Yet, we can be as bold as a lion and fight agains the temptation to keep up with the worlds pace. We can consider the time God has allotted to us and use it wisely and stop chasing after the wind.
Life is best lived at a pace where you can see the beauty and smell the roses.
19 “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures[a] on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19 CSB)
We all tend to be in this constant battle between what we need, what we want and how we save for the future. It can often lead to feelings of desperation. Feelings of not having enough, not being enough.
This is what happens when we focus upon our treasure on earth. When we shift that focus to our treasure in heaven suddenly things seem to fall into place.
I grew up with the mantra; Pay God, Pay Yourself, Pay Others. That may seem backward to many as we tend to try to make our payments before we think about ourselves or God. But when you look at your treasure (time, money or talents) in this way, you find that God is hard to out-give.
No its not easy when the money or time seems short. But earthly treasures never outlive heavenly treasures.
8 Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. (1 Peter 5:8 CSB)
Be sober-minded. This may seem an odd statement and it has nothing to do with drinking.
Our world a vast array of things for us to stuff into our minds. The internet is at our fingertips and media floods in from every side. We live at a hectic pace and rarely slow down. This is not conducive to a sober-mind.
When the mind is flooded with the world, the enemy’s playground, there is often little space for God. Thus, we must work to push out the clamor and be sober-minded, alert, with our focus on the good things that God brings. Not the temporary things of the world.
8 The Lord will protect your coming and going
both now and forever. (Psalm 121:8 CSB)
We all face difficulty. Life, in general, tends to be difficult. Yes there are good times but we also must endure the rough spots.
The beauty of God’s love is he watches over our good times and our bad, our coming and our going. He is sovereign in all situations.
Even when it feels like we encounter our difficulties coming and going. It means He is with us through them and will be there to keep and protect our soul no matter what.
1 I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2 CSB)
Where do you look for help? Do you look to yourself, to a spouse, mother, father, family, friends?
All of those are good sources for help and strength. However, we should look first to the one who is our ever-present helper in times of need. Our Heavenly Father and salvation. He will provide for us what we need and give us the strength to move forward.
For without Him, everything is a chasing after the wind.