Thursday, July 19, 2012

True prosperity

Psa 35:27  Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

God reminded me of this verse tonight. Our goal should be to pursue righteousness and righteous causes that will cause people to glorify the LORD and to please him. It will please him when we pursue and achieve this goal in His strength. We cannot accomplish it in our own strength and abilities (Pro 14:12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.). David lived for God's glory and so should we.

In my Bible (NKJV), just on the opposite page is Ps. 37: 3- 7:
Psa 37:3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 
Psa 37:4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 
Psa 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 
Psa 37:6  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 
Psa 37:7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself  because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.  

Ps. 35: 27 is often used to say that God wants us rich and will give us riches and people who yearn for earthly riches quote this verse to claim this promise. What this world regards as prosperity, and which they pursue with all their strength and ability, is temporary and superficial. Jesus himself contrasts it with true riches:
Luk_16:11  If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 

Don't fight your own fight, trying to prove your own righteousness because then our cause is limited to what we can accomplish in our own abilities. Instead, let God defend us. He is continually looking for someone who is righteous and in whose cause He can show Himself to be strong (2Ch 16:9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him).

In contrast to the worldly prosperity which people try to use Ps 35: 27 to claim, is the eternal true prosperity which is described in Ps. 37: 3- 7. When we pursue these righteous causes of trusting in the LORD, delighting ourselves in Him, committing our way unto the Lord, and resting in Him, waiting patiently for Him and obviously doing things that are consistent with His word and His will, we will enjoy the true prosperity that is everlasting and which results in eternal rewards.

I had the idea that I couldn't hear from God while I heard all the time that other people heard from Him. Tonight He was speaking to me through these verses. I can serve God where I work by showing people God's peace in every stressful situation, showing them the joy that comes from God living in me through His Spirit, kindness and patience which only He can give. 

We are already blessed with the eternal prosperity and with hearing from God and receiving His guidance from His wonderful Word. Rather than feeling pressure to hear from him for spiritual guidance for my family I could recognize that He was already speaking to me and by me just making the time and giving Him the opportunity, I could hear His voice. It is so simple and right here in front of me. There must have been some deception from the devil at work in my life, some hindering spirits trying to keep me from this realization that it is so much simpler than I had thought it would be.

Thank you so much, our marvelous and powerful God, that You are speaking to me and that I am at long last hearing your voice, as anyone can who has accepted the Lord Jesus, who is a sheep of the Great Shepherd (Jn. 10: 3) and has received the Holy Spirit. Glory be to your holy Name.

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