Better Promises

May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,
like the showers that water the earth.
May all the godly flourish during his reign.
May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.
May he reign from sea to sea,and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
Desert nomads will bow before him;
his enemies will fall before him in the dust.
The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute.
The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts.
All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him.

He will rescue the poor when they cry to him;
he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.
He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.

Long live the king!
May the gold of Sheba be given to him.
May the people always pray for him and bless him all day long.
May there be abundant grain throughout the land,
flourishing even on the hilltops.
May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon,
and may the people thrive like grass in a field.
May the king’s name endure forever;
may it continue as long as the sun shines.
May all nations be blessed through him and bring him praise.

Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does such wonderful things.
Praise his glorious name forever!
Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen! Psalm 72:6-19 (NLT)

Have you ever read a psalm and it talked about how those who love the LORD or the king will always be blessed or receive such abundance? I have read those passages and wondered, “I have somehow missed this? What did I do wrong? Wait! Here I am!”

It is the mindset that God owes me something. I am entitled to some amount of prosperity here in this life. Is God focused on a kingdom here? Is He promising me abundance here in this life?

Have you ever seen a child “pitch a fit” in a store as he/she was riding in shopping cart through the toy department at Christmas time? The child wants the toy now and the parent has said “No” because they know that the toy is coming, wrapped in beautiful paper and a big bow! The child cannot understand not receiving instant gratification.

Too often I can read Scripture and I am thinking “Now” when my Father is thinking about the bigger picture that is all about eternity and “forever”. My life here is but a moment in the timeline of eternity. May I look up and beyond with the eyes and mind of Jesus. Living in the Hope of Jesus and knowing that God’s promises are fulfilled in His Kingdom.

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