Who is the one who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. His soul will abide in prosperity, Psalm 25:12-13A
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Today’s Scripture speaks of prosperity. Some brands of Christianity today make “prosperity” a central theme, but the prosperity emphasized is an economical prosperity rather than a spiritual prosperity. An emphasis on economical prosperity is much more compatible with the experience of God’s people under the old covenant of the Old Testament than it is with the experience of God’s people under the new covenant of the New Testament. But even at that, the prosperity spoken of in our passage is a spiritual prosperity. The Psalmist is talking about the one whose “soul will abide in prosperity.”
For both the Old and New covenant or both the Old or New Testament, the prosperity of the soul is a very wonderful and necessary thing. Rest assured that God is absolutely committed to the prosperity of our souls. Psalm 25 begins with the words, “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.” Picture baby birds in a nest craning their necks toward their mother above with mouths open wide. This is a very helpful image. We are like baby birds craning our souls toward the Lord above in anticipation for all that he will pour in so that our souls prosper spiritually. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6).
There is a lot in between the “lifting up of the soul” in verse one of Psalm 25 and the “soul abiding in prosperity” in our passage today. Take some time to read Psalm 25:1-13 and notice all the things that go into a person being “one who fears the Lord.” For as our passage says, it is the “one who fears the Lord” whose “soul will abide in prosperity.”
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I am learning to “lift up my soul to you.” Help me hunger and thirst for you. I am seeking to put you at the center of everything (fear and reverence of the Lord) by becoming one who ministers to you, waits on you, and yields to you. Lord, Grant that my soul will truly abide in prosperity. Amen!
Posted on Thu, May 12, 2016
by Alan Porter