Zechariah 8:1-23 / Revelation 16:1-21 / Psalm 144:1-15 / Proverbs 30:29-31
“Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of the foreigner whose mouth speaks lying words and whose hand is a right hand of falsehood, that our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth - that our daughters may be pillars sculptured in palace style. That our barns may be full supplying all kinds of produce, that our sheep may bring forth thousands. (V. 15) Happy are the people who live in such a state – happy are the people whose God is the Lord!”
What an incredible, inspiring vision for what the Lord has for our lives as we seek Him wholeheartedly!
Firstly, David calls out to the Lord personally: “rescue me and deliver me” from those things/people that are foreign (anything opposite to God’s will and ways), from lies and falsehood (anything that opposes God’s truth). He is very aware that, as the leader of his family, he must be wise and discerning regarding those things that the enemy would use to attack and destroy him with, so he can be free, unhindered, and well-equipped to raise up, protect, teach and train his sons and daughters with excellence. This is a HUGE concept.
Next, he re-states God’s vision for his family (the same one we see over and over throughout the Bible): sons grown up strong, healthy, deep roots, green and full of life. Daughters - strong and beautiful pillars, able to bear any kind of weight (this strength comes from the inside) due to their solid, even foundations.
The vision of a thriving homeland is then laid out: abundant natural resources, fertile, flourishing land. These treasures aren’t based on financial success or fat bank accounts. The vision God has for each of us as Christians is based on abundance, authentic joy, contentment and rich fulfillment that money cannot buy. IT COMES ONLY BY WAY OF A REAL, EVER-GROWING RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. These treasures are a byproduct of wholeheartedly seeking Him, knowing Him and walking closely with Him.
Again, another HUGE concept…let’s allow it to sink deeply into our hearts and minds.