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Thrive with Dr Matthew Jacoby

Blessing Now & Then – Psalm 128

Psalm 128 is a declaration of God’s blessing. If you have trusted in Christ and have given your life to God, then this Psalm contains promises for you. God promises to bless you. After declaring this blessing over those who ‘fear the LORD’ (see my explanation of the ‘fear of the LORD in last weekend’s entry) the psalmist then gives some examples of how God might want to bless you. That God blesses you is a matter of certainty. How God will bless you is not something we can know in advance. That’s up to Him. It is also for God to choose the right timing for us to receive particular blessings from him. If you feel that you lack something, don’t therefore assume that God does not want to bless you. First of all, you should pray and seek God for the things you want. But, after all is said and done, it is God’s prerogative to decide how and when to bless you. And if, at the end of your life, you are left lacking something then you are in good company. In this short mortal life, we all lack the fullness of what God wants us to have. God’s purpose to bless us is never fully realised on this side of heaven. In fact, compared to what we will have in eternal life, every blessing we gain now is but a taste of glory to come. God is faithful, but you will not see the completion of his faithfulness until you are raised up to eternal life in the new heavens and new earth.

Read Psalm 128.  Ask God for the things you long for and reflect on the brevity of this life and the glories to come in the next.


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Matthew Jacoby’s central passion is for communicating the Word of God. His desire is to learn what it means to live life by the Spirit of God, to learn to listen to God constantly and to be a transparent and honest witness to the faithfulness of God. He is the author of the daily devotional Thrive.

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