12 Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
13 Righteousness goes as a herald before him, preparing the way for his steps.
Psalm 85:12-13 (NLT)
Welcome to the last installment of my study on Psalm 85. By now you should have realize that there are 2 distinctive parts in this psalm. Part 1 is from Verse 1 to 9. It is about the writer’s original intention in his prayer. He wanted God to put aside His anger and deliver his people. The writer wanted his nation to be strong and prosperous again. Thus, he prayed this prayer and capitalized on God’s unfailing love for his prayers to be answered. Those who judge this prayer based on today’s religious standard will find it to be heretic. In the religious mind, anyone who prays for “unspiritual” things like health and wealth will be automatically labeled as being deluded by the Prosperity Gospel. Fortunately for us, God disagrees with them.
God was so pleased with this prayer that he put it into the Bible to be an example for us. Not only that, God had even inspired his prophecy in the second part of this prayer. Part 2 of Psalm 85 (from Verse 10 to 13), shows us God’s prophecy on his salvation plan. God sent Jesus to die for our sins. We have seen the some of the results of Jesus’ works at the Cross in Verse 10 and 11. In this article, we shall study in depth on the remaining 2 verses.
Verse 12 says: Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
It mentions blessings and bountiful harvest. We have come to the material part of the Cross. The completion of Jesus’ works at the Cross causes the Lord to pour down his blessings. The term “pours down” implies there are going to be a lot. As Christians, we will not be blessed a little. We have so much blessing that the Lord has to pour it down. In case someone wants what blessing means, here is the definition from the Bible.
22 The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
Proverbs 10:22 (NLT)
When God blesses us, we are rich and have no sorrow. Christians are supposed to be rich. If you happen to be a Christian and you are not rich (or not rich enough), stand up and claim your rights. It is never the will of God for Christians to be poor. So, get rid of the religious lie that says God wants you poor because God can still use the poor. The truth is, God can indeed use the poor but he has also poured down his blessings to the poor. A poor man who receives God’s blessings is no longer poor.
I like the second part of Psalm 85:12.
“Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.”
Our land will not only have harvest, the harvest will be bountiful. God is not just interested to make us rich. He wants us to be extremely rich. If you happen to be rich now, pay attention to God’s plan for you: He wants you to be richer and richer until you are extremely rich.
The phase “Our land” refers to our works, businesses, investments, ministries or anything that is owned by us. This means we need to have “our land” in order to receive the bountiful harvest from the Lord. Being blessed does not mean doing nothing, sitting on the sofa and expect money to fall from the sky. We have to work. We need to start moving. Only then, God will bless our works and cause us to prosper. If we do not work on “our land”, it will not yield its bountiful harvest.
This reminds me of the lepers I wrote about in the article “The Steps Of The Lepers” on 7 August 2008, where the lepers had to move and make the steps. Only then God magnified their steps and drove out the enemies. Likewise, we ourselves have to move forward. Find out what you can do and do it. If you are jobless, look for a job. If you are sick, take your medicine. If you have failed in your examinations, study and take the examination again. Give God some “land” to bless so that he can give you a bountiful harvest.
Psalm 85:13 says: Righteousness goes as a herald before him, preparing the way for his steps.
At first glance, I thought it refers to John the Baptist. However, John’s ministry began and ended before Jesus died at the Cross. So, John could not have righteousness that we have today during his ministry. The term “Righteousness” cannot be John the Baptist. It must be us, Christians. As Christians, we are the righteousness who go as a herald before him and prepare the way for his steps. This is our role.
We Christians are to make the way for Jesus’ Second Coming. This is also another reason why Christians need to be extremely rich. If you are struggling, working day to night to meet daily needs and making ends meet, you will never have the time to prepare the way for his steps. So, when we desire for abundant riches to come to our lives, we are not doing it for our personal comfort alone. We need them to prepare the way for the Lord. The operation on providing food, medicine, education and the Gospel to the poor is very costly. It takes a lot of rich Christians to finance it. I see myself as one of the financiers. How about you?