May 26 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

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Lectio Divina

“And now, Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever.” ~1 Chronicles 17:23-24

Today’s reading reminds us again of God’s promise to bless His people. He promised to establish a kingdom for them. Imagine the hope and encouragement this commitment would be to an exiled people longing for restoration. The theme of eternal blessing and an eternal kingdom resonates through chapter 17: “O Lord, you are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever” (1 Chron. 17:26). Forever blessed! What a promise. God has never abandoned His dream to bless His people forever.

Jonathan Edwards, the great theologian from colonial America, was one of the first to clearly articulate this desire of God’s. Edwards agreed with theologians who viewed the glory of God as the central theme of Scripture and human history. However, he pointed out that God’s glory and His determination to bless His people are inextricably bound together. In Edward’s words: “God’s respect to the creature’s good, and his respect to himself, is not a divided respect; but both are united in one” (The End for Which God Created the World). God blesses His people because doing so brings Him glory!

Edwards’ words reframe some of King David’s sentiments from 1 Chronicles 17. The king recounted God’s blessing upon himself, “O Lord, for the sake of your servant and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made known all these great promises” (v. 19). And he recalled God’s love for His people, “You made your people your very own forever, and you, O Lord, have become their God” (v. 23).   What does promise of eternal blessing lead David to do? Glorify God. “There is no one like you, O Lord, and there is no God but you” (1 Chron. 17:20).

I encourage you to find hope in God today, even if you too are in a kind of exile. God is on a mission to bless His people forever! He delights in blessing us more than any father or mother delights in blessing a child. There is absolutely no reason not to pray that He will begin right now to shower on us the blessings that go on forever. May He bless you today for your good, for the good of those you love, and for the glory of His name.

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.