Numbers 6:22-27 – “Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:
24 The LORD bless you, and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ 27 “So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.” NASU
Now shall we continue to consider this matter of THE BLESSING and SPIRITUAL PROSPERITY? When David wrote Psalms 23 and 27 he wrote them from a shepherd’s heart. He understood that the shepherd lived to protect the sheep. No animal or person could get to the sheep without going through the shepherd. That is why the shepherd is frequently referred to as THE DOOR. He would sleep or sit awake all night at the door of the sheepfold. He was essentially THE DOOR. He was a living breathing human door. In the midst of David’s trials he penned, “You are my shepherd…” He was cognizant that no matter what was happening around Him God was his shepherd and therefore he had no lack. Even though he walked with possible impending death around him He recognized that He was KEPT by the Hand of God!
The last verse of Psalm 23 declares, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Notice the word ‘surely’ could well be translated ‘only’. David is declaring: “I know what I see, hear and feel around me BUT when the facts are in I know that Goodness and Mercy are keeping me!” They are pursuing us relentlessly it is not just following but pursuing with dogged determination. What a testimony! David is dogged by Saul on every turn and he declares that God’s Goodness and Mercy are relentlessly pursuing Him to KEEP him.
At the end of that traumatic encounter David wrote Psalm 27 which is a Psalm of Triumph and shouted, “The Lord is my LIGHT and my SALVATION, whom shall I fear?” He is being pursued by one wanting to snuff out his life and in the midst of that His covenant heart cried out GOD IS MY LIGHT and SALVATION! No matter what I see in the natural I know in my heart that GOD IS THERE!
Where we fail too often is we look ‘at’ our circumstances but David looked ‘through’ or ‘beyond’ them. Another Psalm written exclusively with the Blessings of Covenant in mind was Psalms 121. Read it and you will be unable to miss this powerful truth! Psalm 18 is where David gave a summary of his life. He recognized God as his fortress or stronghold. If you are being pursued by an enemy you can have confidence that you can ‘walk into God’. Basically it is a ‘realization’ of who God is and who you are in Him!
When you come to the New Testament you find this conveyed in 1 Peter 1:5 where we read we are ‘protected’ by the Power of God. In Philippians 4:7 we have the ‘peace of God’ that passes all human understanding and guards our hearts and minds. When we draw from what is inside we are drawing from His strength and that produces PEACE!
So, no matter what you face or where you are remember, “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) Too many believers are afraid. The fear the devil and that is wrong on so many levels if we are IN CHRIST! Remember you are BLESSED (enabled to prosper) and KEPT (protected and defended) by the LORD our God!
This is God’s Covenant Word and as Psalm 138:2 tells us He honors His word above His Name! HE WILL NOT FAIL. May you walk in the fullness of His covenant blessing!