If we take to heart what popular evangelists say, we might feel that all we need to do is plug in a bit of prayer time and some “Praise the Lords,” and our lives will be instantly filled with wealth and success.
But doesn’t this psalm talk about prosperity and blessings?
Yes it does. But it also lets us know that much more is required of us than a token acknowledgement of God. We must fear the Lord, a thought that isn’t very popular in our society today. But to fear the Lord means to revere God and obey God, even when that’s a tough thing to do.
God’s idea of success can also be very different from ours, and I’m sure God takes into account what our motives are for wanting to be blessed. Verse 5 indicates that we find ourselves blessed as we are generous and share with others and as we conduct all of our affairs with justice.
God isn’t interested in putting you or me on a pedestal. God is interested in helping us learn to truly love and obey God, and for us to bless others with the blessings we receive by doing so.
Lord, help me to know that true prosperity comes in loving you and others. Amen. — DLG