Prayer for Bounty and Blessing
As we turn our attention to verses 14 and 15, the Psalmist turns to prayer. He makes 2 requests: (1) verse 14 - for bounty; and (2) verse 15 - for blessing.
May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children.
Request #1: "May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children."
Patrick and Lowth say: "Nor will he grant you only a single blessing, by sending a present deliverance; but heap his benefits, and multiply his mercies, upon you; and upon all those that shall succeed you."
Psalm 65:11: "You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance" (NIV).
Psalm 13:5, 6: "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me" (NIV).
Ephesians 3:20, 21: "Now to him who by his power within us is able to do far more than we ever dare to ask or imagine - to him be glory in the Church through Jesus Christ for ever and ever, amen!" (Phillips).
Kris Lundgaard says: "If every backward step we took on the way to heaven were unrecoverable, we'd all go up in smoke! If God marked all our slips and stumbles, 'O Lord, who could stand?' (Psalm 130:3). If we didn't have help from our failures everyday, we'd be in a spiritual free fall without a parachute." (Through the Looking Glass, 191)
May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
In verse 14 we had request #1: May the Lord make you increase, both you and your children.
Now here in verse 15, we have request #2: May you be blessed by the Lord.
Let's sit at the feet of a couple of the minor prophets for a moment.
Joel 2:12: 'Even now' declares the Lord 'return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning' (NIV).
Joel 2:14: Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing...(NIV).
Malachi 3:10: '...Test me in this,' says the Lord Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it' (NIV).