May 20 – Be Blessed and Bless!

Mentorship, apprenticeship, and life coaching are all present day practices that have been around since ancient times.  Someone who has built a chair (or maybe a web-site) can teach someone who has never built a chair, etc.  The same principle applies to spiritual disciplines we need to build.  Being in this type of one-on-one teacher-novice relationship is a huge benefit when we seek to learn a variety of skills.  But let us not overlook the guidance God gives to us through those in His Story.  If we want to grow in our ability to authentically bless God, David is a wonderful teacher.

He never tires of singing God’s praise.  Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”  David seems to suggest that God was his trainer as well as his refuge.  David then lists several benefits of belonging to the Lord and says, “Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!  Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!” 

In another psalm, David encourages us not to worry about the wicked, but instead to trust and take delight in the Lord.  Focus on doing what is right. “Those the Lord blesses will possess the land, but those he curses will die.  It is best to be on the team of the godly not the wicked.  So what do the godly do?  Honest and good things. They offer wise counsel and they put their hope in the Lord. “The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing.  Do good, practice generosity, be blessed, and bless. These are skills worth learning and living by, and in doing so we pass them on to others to learn as well.

P.S. As I type, we’ve been living at Harvard House (our home in Houston) for just over three years, and an ongoing blessing has been the boulevard jogging path which is perfect for walking and talking. As I walk with ladies from various backgrounds, mutual mentorship and Christ-like character grows deeper, and we intentionally seek to process and live out godly principles. Praise God with me that His ways are now being shared through these ladies in China, Washington DC, Brazil, Las Vegas, Laos, and another gal preparing to launch out to New York City. Throughout the world, which also includes Houston and where you live too, “Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!”

Psalm 144:1-2, 15 ESV; Psalm 37:22, 26 NLT