Many, LORD, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
Let the light of your face shine on us.
We all wish to prosper. We all desire a better life. It will be unusual to just be satisfied with how things are. We are supposed to work towards a better life. Prosperity is a human desire. But how do we ensure that we prosper?
In a corrupt world of unemployment, sometimes the best grades you get in school may not deliver the desired prosperity. In a corrupt world of business cartels even venturing in business with a hallmark of integrity governing you can backfire. Prosperity does not seem to be as straightforward as we wish.
The challenges we face while pursuing prosperity are the challenges that caused people in the times of the Psalmist to ask a serious question. Who will bring us prosperity? Academic excellence does so little to bring prosperity. In fact, the lives of some very educated people may not be exactly the prosperity we wish for, we want more than that. Sheer hard work does so little to deliver the desired prosperity. Some of the most hardworking people are still struggling with the basics of life and that is not the prosperity we want. Who will bring us prosperity?
There is more to prosperity than education, hardworking and connections. Those who prosper are very few and now the majority in the Psalmist’s time and our time are seeking external help. Who will bring us prosperity?
Others tried sacrificing to their gods and idols but they did not prosper. They followed rituals and even sacrificed their family members, but they did not prosper as desired. Others put their health on the line in order to prosper but health was surely lost but prosperity was dismal. Others focused on prosperity and put at risk their marital relations and parenting, and the results were not desirable. There should be a way out of this mess. Hence the question that many are asking. Who will bring us prosperity?
The Psalmist responds by turning to God. While others are asking who will bring them prosperity, we pray that let Your face shine on us. Show us your favour. Favour our education so that it yields prosperity. Favour our working hard so that it yields prosperity. Favour our connections so that they don’t just crowd our phonebooks but translate into real help. As others are asking who will bring them prosperity, may You our God, be our answer and bring us prosperity.
Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
There are those whose joy is in the material results of their efforts. But the Psalmist prays that as others rejoice over material results. While others rejoice because they have a great harvest of grain and wine produced, may my joy be from God. Joy from material achievement is not sustainable. Joy from the LORD is permanent. The harvested grain will run out but joy from God will not run out. New wine will run out but joy from God will not run out. As others rejoice over what are short-lived achievements, may You my God fill my heart with endless joy.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, LORD,
make me dwell in safety.
Prosperity without peace and safety is not worth it. Prosperity with sleepless nights is a failed life. Prosperity and being on the run watching your back is no good at all. Prosperity with a guilty heart since you irregularly acquired the wealth is worthless. The prosperity that adds worry and fear is not worth pursuing. The Psalmist requests God to give him prosperity. Because prosperity from God comes with peace, peace of mind, good night sleep and assurance, and feelings of safety.
We will study in school. We will work hard in everything we do. We will work smart and focus on getting desired results. However, our desire is to get prosperity that is God-given. We desire prosperity from our God. The prosperity that is sustainable. The prosperity that has peace, allows us to enjoy our sleep and even dwell in safety. Grant us this prosperity dear God, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
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