“The beloved of the Lord dwells in safety. The High God surrounds him all day long, and dwells between his shoulders… There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms… Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord!” Deuteronomy 33:12,26-27,29
A blessing is God’s favor and protection, or the pronouncing of such, and Moses, right before breathing his last, spoke these blessings over God’s chosen people. He graced them with truth and hope in their unique, amazing God Who was constantly with them and would be their home forever. Could he have granted a greater, more meaningful gift?
And we who believe on Jesus are also the beloved of the Lord, saved from destruction, anointed and indwelt by His Spirit, eternally secure, held, helped, happy. What difference does this make in our every day? The plans we make, the way we prioritize our hours and expenditures, the people we spend time with, what we read and watch and do with our bodies, all should be affected by the reality that God is ours, and we are His. Does knowing that we belong to the Lord, and He is ever with us, lift the drooping countenance and lighten the weight of circumstances? Does this brighten the eyes, and outlook? Does this stir hope and joy, and awaken expectancy? How can it not?
There is none- no one, nothing- like our God. Do we believe we can find wisdom in books, study, experience? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” What credentials or things do we collect, what do we think we need to do, to secure abundance and satisfaction? “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” What practices or methods do we exercise to find or generate peace? “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Where are we looking for love and acceptance? “God is love.” (Proverbs 9:10; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 John 4:8)
Good Father, You overwhelm me with Your love and affection. Teach me to rest gladly and gratefully in Your arms, never chafing at Your care or attempting to earn it. Thank You for Your bountiful blessing on me. Fill me to overflow that this grace showered on me may extend to others in this dark and needy world. May they, too, know that there is none like You.