Happy New Year! Man, time just continues to blow by!
Today I want to share with you a psalm of blessing. Psalm 20. Meditate upon the blessings that David through the Spirit of God wishes for God’s people.
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion! May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah. May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions! Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. O LORD, save the king! May he answer us when we call.
Think of the areas of life that these blessings cover:
- Our worship.
- Our prayers.
- Our salvation.
- Our relationship to the things of this world.
- Our relationship to political leaders.
- Our plans and heart’s desires.
- Our confidence, trust and hope.
It is a reminder to me that God’s blessings cover every aspect of my life. God wishes to bless His children in all areas of their existence.
I really like that the Holy Spirit led David to write that God wants to bless your plans and heart’s desires. Of course, we must make sure that those plans are in line with God’s word. But keep in mind that God encourages you and smiles upon you when you have plans and seek to fulfill the desires of your heart (Ecclesiastes 11:9-10). It may be going back to school. Maybe you are going to work on your finances, or make improvements to living a healthier lifestyle. Your plans may be to start a business, or go on a family vacation. Maybe you plan to spend more time with your Christian brothers and sisters. Regardless, God wants you to dream, plan and have an imagination. Go for it!
Let’s start this New Year in 2018 thinking of how richly blessed we are, and how God wants to continue to bless us. Also remember that our desires and plans are encouraged by God, as long as we line our wills with His.