God's Pleasure…Your Blessing
In Psalm 35:27 we are told,
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, "Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant."
This Psalm says it clearly—God is pleased when you are blessed. The Revised Standard Version translates this verse this way, God delights in the welfare of His servant.
In Luke 12, when talking about God meeting our practical, physical, and material needs, Jesus says, "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
You do not need to somehow convince God to meet your needs. In fact, God desires to bless you.
It is like the son who felt his father had not provided for him when his dad passed away. His father left one sibling some property, another one some valuable stock, and all the son got was a box of what looked to him like junk.
One day, because of financial trouble, the son had to move out of his apartment. As he cleaned things out, he found the box of junk he had thrown in the back of a closet. Noticing there were some stamps and trading cards in the box, he decided to see if they were worth anything.
It turned out the trading card collection was filled with rare baseball cards in mint condition. And every one of the stamps was very rare—very valuable. The combined appraisal of the two collections was over $450,000!
His father had provided for him, but the son had lived far below those privileges because he didn't believe his father had blessed him!
Our heavenly Father delights in, He takes pleasure in, the prosperity of His servant. And that means you!
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