Tag Archive | God’s favor

Psalm 37: 25-26 ” I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.”

Staying in Psalm 37 today, you can see the progression of these verses.  David, the writer of this Psalm, has followed the Lord all his life, and by experience can vouch that God is his helper and will never leave or forsake those who believe in Him.  In turn, because such mercy and favor has been shown to him, he is then obligated to show the same mercy to others.  In Leviticus 25:35, the Lord was very clear about this, “Helping your countrymen if they become poor so they may remain among you.”   The Hebrew word for “helping” describes supporting, strengthening, encouraging, and repairing those around us that are lacking to maintain a strong community…but also because we have been graciously blessed first.

Luke 2:14 ” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”

God’s glory came to earth…His transcendent and infinite greatness, the sum of His perfection took the shape of a tiny baby born in Bethlehem.  God’s peace came to earth…the gift of reconciliation with our Creator came to us in the form of the Gospel Message, the Good News of salvation.  God’s favor came to earth…His Good Will was lavished on us while we were yet far from Him, His Good Pleasure not to see any lost.   Isaiah best sums it up, “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He  will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Micah 2:7 ” Do not My Words do good to him whose ways are upright?”

There are many benefits to doing what’s right in the sight of the Lord.  That’s because God’s commands and promises within the Bible are for our good…both morally and practically.  For if we heed them, we will be known for our integrity and good character…not otherwise.  And when we follow closely after the Lord and not our fleshly desires…we find His favor.  For Psalm 84:11 tells us, The Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” NIV   So ponder this…it will only profit us to obey God.