Daily Devotion - February 4, 2021 - Blessings

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – February 4, 2021
Reading:
Psalm 103
Weekly Theme: God’s Love
Today: Blessings

Several years ago, when I was in my mid-forties, I had a young adult friend who would always end his emails with the word, blessings. During this same time frame, my then-teenage son would always correct me if I said “bless you” after he sneezed. He would say, “Only God can bless us”. This piqued my curiosity, so I began to research it and the answer was right in front of me in today’s Scripture reading which tells us to bless the Lord. Yes, we are supposed to bless one another and more importantly we are also encouraged in Psalm 103 to bless God.

The word “bless,” or “blessings,” originates from the Hebrew word, berukh, which is related to the Hebrew word for knee (berekh). To bless God is to praise God and to do so with humility, on bended knee, in awe of who God is. Today’s passage encourages us to bless God because he is tender, kind, and compassionate. He forgives, heals, redeems, and shows mercy. He satisfies our needs and renews us. His anger is slow and does not endure. He abounds in love that is unswerving. God’s love is eternal and does not wither like human love and is all encompassing and broad.

The true and pure love we have within us as Christians originates of God and is meant to be shared with others. God blesses us with love and then intends for us to pay that forward by blessing others with our love and blessings. Love, the noun, will never take place in this world, if we do not engage in love, the verb, by showering the blessings of God upon others.

So yes, I do still end my emails with the loving word, blessings, and I also sometimes say “bless you” instead of “God bless you” with a deeper understanding that all blessings and all true love originates from a loving God who blesses all who enter a relationship with him.  God desires for those blessings to also be extended to those who have yet to acknowledge and his gift of grace and enter into a relationship with him. My challenge for all of us this very day is to go forward with confidence, blessing God on our knees with an outpouring of blessings and love upon others.

Dear God, thank you for the many ways you love and bless us in abundant ways as we are reminded in Psalm 103. Help us to bless you and others with outpouring of gratitude for all you have done for us. Help us to, with enhanced awareness, engage in disciple-making by sharing the witness of how you have blessed us by blessing others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 
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