Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 26, 2018

“For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him with favor as with a shield.” – “Let Your work appear to Your servants”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 2:26-38.

“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David;  and the virgin’s name was Mary.  And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one!  The Lord is with you.”  But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.  The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary;  for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High;  and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;  and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”  Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”  The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;  and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.  And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age;  and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.  For nothing will be impossible with God.”  And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord;  may it be done to me according to your word.”  And the angel departed from her.”   Luke 2:26-38.

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Mary was greeted by the angel:  “Greetings, favored one!  The Lord is with you.”  “The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary;  for you have found favor with God.”  See verses 28 and 30.

And, we remember from yesterday’s devotion that the Lord also looked with favor on Elizabeth.  She said:  “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.”  Luke 1:25.

And, the Lord revealed His work to both Mary and Elizabeth.

But, the Lord’s favor is not only given to Mary and Elizabeth.

For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD,

You surround him with favor as with a shield.”  Psalm 5:12.

“4 Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”  Psalm 30:4-5.

“10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.
11 The LORD favors those who fear Him,
Those who wait for His lovingkindness.”  Psalm 147:10-11.

Those whom the Lord favors, He saves and also otherwise showers with prosperity and other blessings.   

“4 Remember me, O LORD, in Your favor toward Your people;
Visit me with Your salvation,
5 That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,
That I may glory with Your inheritance.”  Psalm 106:4-5.

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”  Psalm 84:11.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  …  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:28 and 32.

Here is a summary of our lives.  By God’s favor, we see and understand God’s work, and God confirms the work of our hands.  But, it is all of God’s work:  “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“16 Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.”  Psalm 90:16-17.

“Surely the Lord GOD does nothing
Unless He reveals His secret counsel
To His servants the prophets.”  Amos 3:7.

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”  Verse 37.


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