Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lessons From The Lord - Praise Before The Blessing

Josh and I are very intentional when it comes to praising the Lord and thanking him for the blessings and provisions the Lord bestows upon us and making sure our children know just how good God is!

But as I was reading Deuteronomy 16 last week through my journey I came across something I hadn't really thought about before.  I came across this passage and had a brand new revelation, for me anyway.

Here is the context:
Moses is speaking to all the Israelites and laying everything out for them and explaining all that they need to do to keep right with the Lord while they take over the land the Lord has promised them before he dies.

Here is what he says in verse 15:
"You are to hold a seven-day festival for the Lord your God 
in the place He chooses, because the Lord your God 
will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, 
and you will have abundant joy."

You may not have caught it.  Let me write it like this:
"You are to hold a seven-day festival for the Lord your God 
in the place He chooses, because the Lord your God 
will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, 
and you will have abundant joy."

Moses didn't say, "because the Lord HAS blessed you", even though he continually had blessed the Israelites, he said the Lord WILL bless you.

They were instructed to Praise the Lord BEFORE the blessing!

How often do you rejoice in faith, knowing that the Lord promises to take care of His children?  I don't mean just praising God for who He is and what He's made, but intentionally Praising Him for the future blessings He is sure to bring your way!

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