Daily D – Numbers 6:24-26
Numbers 6:24-26 “‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’” (NLT)
Psalm 67:1, 2 May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. Interlude May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. (NLT)
When God blessed Abraham and told him how he would bless the whole world through him (Genesis 12:1-3), he set a pattern and an expectation for how he relates to all people everywhere. God is much more interested in blessing people than cursing them. His first move is always marked by love and grace. His kindness is extravagant. His mercy is greater than all our sin.
A new day and a new workweek have arrived. Our Father in heaven meets us here and provides all we need for our moments and our days.
These are the words God gave Aaron and the priests to pronounce over the people. Notice how these three sentences of blessing begin with the name God gave Moses at the burning bush. See how the blessing uses God’s covenant name followed by two verbs that extend the blessing.
May the LORD bless you and protect you.
May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.
The LORD blesses us and protects us.
The LORD smiles on us and is gracious to us.
The LORD shows us his favor and gives us his peace.
A local comedy group provides training for business leaders. Their signature move is to teach people how to say “Yes and” rather than “Yes but.” You can find this kind of thinking in books and YouTube videos. It’s good to remember whose idea it was long, long ago.
God is a Yes And God.
Psalm 67:1, 2 helps us understand how this blessing is not just for us. Like Abraham, we are blessed to bless others. The blessing we receive from God is not to be hoarded but to be shared. God never runs out of blessings. We should never be stingy.
You are blessed here on this Monday morning. Go be a blessing. Stand under God’s overflowing generosity and refresh others as you go.
It might be good to commit these words to memory. You may need to remember them sometime soon. You may need to speak them to others.
I will extend God’s blessing to those he brings into my life.
Our Father, we are among the most blessed people who have ever lived. Make us blessings to others. As you have so richly, extravagantly blessed us in every way, extend your blessing through us to those who need your grace, love, mercy, and kindness. Amen.
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Daily D – 1 Samuel 9:21
1 Samuel 9:21 Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?”
Daily D – 1 Samuel 7:12
1 Samuel 7:12 Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer (which means “the stone of help”), for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!”
Daily D – 1 Samuel 3:19
1 Samuel 3:19 As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him, and everything Samuel said proved to be reliable.
Daily D – Ruth 2:12-13
Ruth 2:12, 13 “May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.” “I hope I continue to please you, sir,” she replied. “You have comforted me by speaking so kindly to me, even though I am not one of your workers.”
Daily D – Judges 19:1
Judges 19:1 Now in those days Israel had no king. There was a man from the tribe of Levi living in a remote area of the hill country of Ephraim. One day he brought home a woman from Bethlehem in Judah to be his concubine.