November 12, 2018

Psalm 144:12–15 (NLT) — 12 May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace. 13 May our barns be filled with crops of every kind. May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands, 14 and may our oxen be loaded down with produce. May there be no enemy breaking through our walls, no going into captivity, no cries of alarm in our town squares. 15 Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.

I believe that in these verses David is talking about what it takes to be content (joyful) in this life. Many people believe they will be content if they can have a good family life (vs:12). Others believe they would be content with many material possessions (vs:13). Still others believe they would be content if the world was at peace (vs:14). The problem is that they believe they can achieve true contentment without God and that is why David adds verse 15.

In this verse he says, “Yes you may achieve a certain amount of contentment with a good family, with material possessions and with having no enemies but what will you do when something bad happens to the family, when material things don’t satisfy, and when all of a sudden the world is not at peace? The world’s peace is only a pause between wars anyway. True contentment can only come from knowing God and being satisfied with Him.”

Ephesians 1:16–20 (NLT) — 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

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