A Life of Blessings

Psalm 128:5  

The LORD bless you out of Zion, and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life.

The book of Psalms makes several references to Zion and Jerusalem. In many cases, as in this verse, both Zion and Jerusalem are symbolic of the Kingdom of God.

To receive favor and gifts from anyone is special. But it’s more special to receive favor and blessings that come down from the very throne of God!

The book of James teaches us that every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17). We should think about and give God thanks for all the blessings that He graciously gives us every day.

But James goes on to tell Christians that what is even more incredible to consider is the knowledge that the Father has handpicked us to be part of His firstfruits (verse 18).

It’s by God’s grace that we have this undeserved favor (1 Corinthians 15:10). King David commented about how goodness and mercy followed him all his life, and he rejoiced in the shadow of God’s wings—symbolic of God’s divine protection and involvement in his life (Psalms 23:6; 63:7-8). And God offers the same to us.

Yes, God wants to bless you and me as children in His family—not just now, but for eternity in the New Jerusalem.

To learn more about the ultimate blessing God wants to give His people, read “The Kingdom of God.”

Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “God Will Deal With the Unrighteous.”

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