Coach's Clipboard
Issue #510
June 4,  2018
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The Lord is in the Business of Blessing

"The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless the house of Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron," Psalm 115:12 (NIV)

"...he will bless those who fear the Lord - small and great alike."  Psalm 115:13 (NIV)
The Lord is in the Business of Blessing

Verse 12:   "The Lord remembers us and will bless us: He will bless the house of Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron,"

In the previous verses we have learned that "Israel," "the house of Aaron," and "those who fear him" need to "trust in the Lord."  When they do that, "he is their help and shield."

Now he is going to address the same 3 groups again in verses 12 and 13.  The Lord is gong to do 2 things for these 3 groups.  The Lord is going to (1) "remember" us and "bless" us.  What else could we ask for?  We have someone to be there to "help" us, to "shield" us, to "remember" us, and to "bless" us.

Verse 13:   "he will bless those who fear the Lord - small and great alike."

The same 3 groups were mentioned in verses 9 - 11 are mentioned here in verses 12 and 13.  "He will bless" (1) "the house of Israel"; (3) "the house of Aaron"; and (3) "those who fear the Lord."

There are 4 wonderful things the Lord will do for those who trust in Him.  He will: (1) be their "help"; (2) be their "shield"; (3) "remember" them; and (4) "bless" them.

Numbers 4:24 - 26: " The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace" (NIV).

Psalm 5:12: "For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield" (NIV),

Ephesians 1:3: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ" (NASB).

I am reminded of the words of Jesus, that blessing comes to the poor in spirit, to those who mourn, to the gentle, to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, to the merciful, to the pure in heart, and to the peace makers.

My cry to you this morning O Lord is the same cry of Jabez as he cried out to the God of Israel, "O that You would bless me!" 

Hosea 10:12: "Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you" (NIV).
 Praises & Prayer Request
1.  Pray: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5, 6 (NIV)

2.  Pray:   The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.  My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

3.  Praise:   The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:2 (NIV)

4.  Pray:   For t he Board of Directors as they move forward under God's direction.

5.  Pray:  For the prison ministry.  There are many requests from inmates for Bibles and study materials that will help them overcome addictions. 

Please join me in singing a couple of verses of "There Shall Be Showers of Blessing":

There shall be showers of blessing: Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing, Come, and now honor Thy Word.
There shall be showers of blessing: Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we're confessing, Now as on Jesus we call!

Showers of blessing, Showers of blessing we need 
Mercy drops  round us are falling, But for the showers we plead.  
Christ is All and in All,
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For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)