How do we bless our Lord?
I’ve been going through Deuteronomy, and that we are to bless our Lord. This can seem like a contradiction, yet with a little insight, we can indeed be a blessing unto our Lord.
Deuteronomy 8 is regarding our provision we have received in our wilderness, as our Lord leads us out of our Egyptian Babylon of bondage to false perceptions, and vain idols. He brings us into a spiritual wilderness. Here we are fed from above, tested, and begin to see that we have much to learn, appreciate, and appropriate from our Lord. Here He clearly expresses our need to see a new way of life. Isaiah expresses this by saying;
“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18, 19
In our wilderness walk, our Lord is proving He is abundantly capable to provide for us “meat in due season” as He opens our hearts to drink in of His abundant goodness.
“And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.” Deuteronomy 8:3
In this experience we begin to learn the unmatched value of hearing our Lord, allowing Him to move us from our old ways into Him, and to see that He indeed honors His Word; “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
In this shedding of our old ways we find His cleansing, washing us by His Living Word. While this may not be pleasant to our thinking, it is essential to our spirits.
“Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.” Deuteronomy 8:5
This process of cleansing is ongoing, we must accept that our nature is opposed to our Lord, and that we each have evil within us, this although unpleasant to our thinking, yet is none the less true. Remembering what Paul stated;
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19~21
We must understand Paul is speaking in spiritual language, one may think in their heart I’m not a ______________, or a _________, yet our human nature is filled with all of the above. This is why our Lord must chasten us, scourge us so that we can become a new creation.
In our walk through our inward wilderness our Lord brings us to see Him, and to begin a process of knowing Him, and beginning to love Him for the first time in Spirit and Truth. This is an eternal process, yet it can start here and now today.
“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.
For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.” Deuteronomy 8:6~9
This is mystical language expressing the nature of our Lord, and His abundant goodness. His very lips described this;
“Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:7~11
As we begin to awaken to our Lord and His abundant goodness, we find the words of Isaiah to become alive in our heart.
“This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.” Isaiah 43:21
This is how we bless our Lord, all the while growing in our obedience to Him and His voice.
“Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:” Deuteronomy 6:3~6