Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” (Psalms 35:27 NKJV)
I don’t know about you, but ever since I can remember, it has always been in my heart to please God. I am truly thankful for the heart that is in me to please Him. It’s not something that I can really take any credit for. There’s a tender something in me towards Him.
Sure, at times, it has been less influential over my thoughts or my actions. At times, disappointments and discouragements may have caused me to move away from it to a greater or lesser degree. OK, that’s not fair. Nothing can “cause” me to move away from it… but I may have chosen to do so due to my poor reactions at times to life’s blows.
But regardless of what may or may not have been… my heart is toward God. Is yours? Do you want to please Him?
And it’s like a warm soothing balm to know that He gets pleasure out of the prosperity of His people.
Before you jump on me for sucker-punching you on this one, think about what the Scripture says at the beginning of this post. Did I take it out of context? A little. Does that change its meaning? Not at all. In fact, if you read the rest of Psalm 35, you’ll find out that what David was saying was actually much stronger than what I am saying.
One quick note: “prosperity” in this verse is the Hebrew word shalom. I’ve done a lot of studying about this word over the years and I can tell you that its true meaning is “overall well-being.” It represents a state of wholeness, of peace, of prosperity, of abundance, of safety, of soundness. It isn’t just financial in nature, but it definitely includes the financial side of life.
So… if you’re wondering today about whether it’s a good idea for you and/or your business to be successful… think about pleasing God.
Tags: Abundance, Pleasing God, shalom, success, Victory
But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere, (2 Corinthians 2:14 AMP)