Blessings; October 2, 2019

Psalm 144:15 Blessed are the people of whom this is true;
blessed are the people whose God is the Lord.

In verses 12-14 David describes abundant material blessings, so it is clear that is what he is talking about here. I think that’s where everyone starts out in their definition of blessing, but the last line opens the door to a far broader, deeper realm of blessing, and that is fellowship with our Creator. When you make Yahweh your God, acknowledging Him in all you say and do, you start crossing the boundary from the finite to the infinite, from time to eternity. We don’t cross that line completely in our perishable bodies, (1 Corinthians 15:50) but our eternal life starts from the moment of salvation. We have no real context for grasping all that God has planned for us, but we can have complete assurance that it will be more wonderful than anything we can imagine. (Ephesians 3:20-21) This past Sunday in our 5th Sunday Praise and Testimony Service, one brother talked about how in Luke 10 the disciples Jesus had sent out returned rejoicing that demons had submitted to them, and Jesus responded, “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20) The brother pointed out that when we rejoice, we rejoice over something. However, we as yet have very little grasp of what it means that our names are written in heaven. On this earth God gives us glimpses of it by revelation, but the full joy will come when we stand before God’s throne and the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 21:27) is opened, and our name is there. Blessings on this earth are wonderful, and we are to be fully grateful, but our blessings in eternity are far greater, and we should never forget that.

This gets easier to grasp with each passing year. I see so many people who are consumed with the material, and I recognize some of my own material chains, when all of that is essentially momentary. I too am all too easily influenced by material things, so I have plenty of room to grow. I feel that people look at me and recognize that I am blessed, but they don’t know the half of it! My income is so low that I pay no federal income tax, in Japan or America, yet my needs are met and I have money in the bank. Far more than that, however, I have daily fellowship with my Lord and the joy of sharing His truth with those around me. As the assorted inconveniences of age mount, I have a growing anticipation of all that He has for me beyond the confines of this world. I am blessed indeed. Recently He has been giving me hints that I may experience the joy of participating in a great harvest in His kingdom, and that is exciting indeed. I certainly can’t make it happen on my own, but however much He allows me to participate will be a huge blessing. Just a couple of days ago the devil was using insignificant things to try to distract me from the mountain of blessings God has for me, and to a degree I allowed it. I must not do that, but rather keep my focus on my Lord so that His gracious blessings may flow through me to many, for His glory.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Help me keep it in the forefront of my awareness, thanking You at all times for all things, so that all of the plans of the enemy may be defeated, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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