Psalm 128, which we looked at this weekend, contains the secret of blessing. How to be blessed. How to live a blessed life.
Blessed! Four times over.
In work, in family life, in church, in society…
In prosperity and in posterity.
It is all here.
The blessing of God is an amazing thing. God wants to bless us so much that he sent his son to die for us and take our curse – so we could be blessed. He took the cup of cursing and he offered us the cup of blessing!
I was moved again watching the UK Blessing song this last week. Just the fact of how much God is for us, how much he loves us and wants us to live blessed lives. His amazing extravagant love for us. This song perfectly captures that heart, the heart of scripture and the Aaronic blessing. God wants his people to be blessed!
And I was touched by the line of Amazing Grace – “‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear.”
The secret of the blessing is not a cowering, religious, performance-based, must-do-better type of thing. It is being touched and moved and loved in the presence of God, standing in awe and amazement at his love and patience and mercy and grace, and learning to walk in loving intimacy with a Father who sacrificed his son for us and yearns to give us all good things – his cup of blessing.
The secret is to fear God and to obey his commandments. To live like we were meant to live – in relationship with an amazing awesome God.
We really are blessed beyond the curse. His promises will endure.
So may the Lord bless you this week and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May he lift up the light of his countenance upon you. And give you peace!
He is for you!