“Blessings Upon You!”
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every (woman) and man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all have some.”
How has my life been blessed by God?
How often do I thank God for the blessings He has showered upon me?
“Blessings we enjoy daily, and for the most of them, because they be so common, (we) forget to pay their praises. But let not us, because it is a sacrifice so pleasing to Him who still protects us, and gives us flowers, and showers, and meat and content.”
“Yet You are He who took me out of the womb: You made me hope and trust when I was on my mother’s breasts. I was cast upon You from my very birth; from my mother’s womb You have been my God.”
Psalm 22: 9, 10
I awoke early this morning. It was still very dark. All the lights on our street were out so the radiance of the moon, as it passed through the clouds that hung around the mountains, was even more illuminative than usual. It is on these dark nights that I love going outside and looking into the sky, and reminding myself that my Father in heaven has the universe in His hands. What a relief! Especially in the disturbing times in which we live. Doesn’t it calm your heart to know your Father has everything under control and that right now this very moment, His blessings are raining down upon you, even when you can’t feel them or see them. Yet, they are there, in the form of the air we breathe and the food we eat, and oh, so much more.
However, today I want to be specific and not look so much at God’s general blessings that we too easily take for granted. Instead, I want to look specifically at how God’s blessings apply to you and to me as individuals.
In our text for today, we find that even before Samson was born, he was on God’s mind. God had a plan for Samson’s life. In fact, God also had a plan for Samson’s mother’s life, as well. Lest we somehow think God’s plans were only for a select few, David, The Psalmist, reminds us that before we were born, when we were in the “womb,” God took note. This is why I wanted to share Psalm 22: 9, 10 with you to show you how this text applies not only to David and to Samson, but to you and me, also.
In this beautiful passage in Psalms, David reflects on the fact that, “I was cast upon You,” as he explains the situation. This word “cast” sent me straight to my Hebrew dictionary where I found the synonym “plucked” used. In other words, David said God had plucked him before he was born, so of course I wanted to check out the ways the word “plucked” was used in the Old Testament and I found something very interesting. The form of this word “plucked,” as it is used in other texts, which convey the same idea, means “assuredly begotten.” The fact is you and I aren’t some accident or the result of a mistake. We didn’t just happen. You and I were “assuredly begotten” by God before we took one breath. While in the womb, our heavenly Father told us, “I made you and formed you from the womb, (Isaiah 44: 2). But God didn’t stop by saying He formed us in the womb, then He continues with these comforting words: “listen to Me, says the Lord… you who have been borne by Me from your birth, carried from the womb; Even to your old age I am He; and even to hair white with age will I carry you. I have made you, and I will bear; yes, I will carry and will save you…” (Isaiah 46: 3,4 Amplified Bible).
There’s even more! From the time we are in the womb to the time we are born and then to our old age, not only does our heavenly Father tell us we are “assuredly begotten,” but He promises to bear us, carry us and save us, and if this weren’t enough He underscores His great love for us with these words I treasure, “I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you’, says the Lord, ‘thoughts and plans for welfare and peace not for evil, to give you hope….’”(Jeremiah 29: 11, Amplified Bible).
You and I are not only begotten of God, we are carried from conception to death by Him. We are His treasure and our lives, no matter what we face each day, have been planned for and taken care of by our Father who has everything necessary to take care of anything you and I encounter.
You may be wondering how this review of the way God takes care of us relates to our study on Samson. Well, our text for today, in Judges 13: 24, says that as the child grew, God blessed him. And we need to remember this statement for two distinct reasons. First, God does the same for you and me as He did for Samson. As we grow, God blesses us, too. Every one of us! There’s no one who is left out of God’s ability to shower blessings into their life. Second, as we will learn in the coming days, even when we wander off the path of God’s choosing and take our lives into our own hands, God does not toss His plan for us out the window and say, “They blew it. My plan’s ruined now.” No, instead, He takes the fractured pieces of our lives and renews us again.
This is the story of Samson and Rahab, and you and me. A story of the children of God, assuredly begotten, yet broken along the way, but glued together by the mercy and grace of our Father who bears us, carries us, and saves us. How blessed we are! In the words of St. Augustine, “Incomprehensible and immutable is the love of God…He loved us before the foundation of the world, that with His only begotten Son we too might be sons (and daughters) of God before we were anything at all.”
"Good when He gives, supremely good,
Nor less when He denies.
Even crosses from his sovereign hand|
Are blessings in disguise.”
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”
Morning and Evening Hymn, St. 10
“The sacred Three be over me
With my working hands this day
With the people on my way
With the labour and the toil
With the land and with the soil
With the tools that I take
With the things that I make
With the thoughts of my mind
With the sharing with mankind
With the love of my heart
With each one who plays a part
The sacred Three be over me
The blessings of the Trinity.”
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