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,"
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.
"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"
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).