When I read the verse, the truth of it immediately hit home with me. It was an awesome truth, one that gives hope and strength to a weary soul.
“Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant!” (ESV)Psalm 35:27
How had I missed this verse all this time? It was exactly what I needed, at a time when my faith in God had been at a low point.
God delights in my welfare! He wants me to be well—in every way. This was definitely an encouraging verse.
I let the truth sink in. God wants me to do well, to succeed and prosper, to be at peace, to flourish in my relationships.
I also realized that I can’t just skip over the final word of the verse. Servant. I have to serve God faithfully. Then I will have His full blessing.
The verse is similar to another well known verse, Romans 8:28, which is one of my favorites:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
It promises us that in the end, everything will be OK, everything will work out for the best.
But like Psalm 35, it is conditional. We have to be among those who are chosen for His purpose.
However, you don’t have to wonder if you’re part of the called. If you have a heart for God and want to be closer to Him, it means the Holy Spirit is working in your life.
God tells us over and over in the Bible that He wants the best for us, that He wants us to prosper and succeed.
That doesn’t mean we’ll all be rich and have no problems in this life. Far from it. But He wants His servant to live a blessed life and He is always looking to enrich our lives if we’re following Him and doing as He commands.
Of that we can be certain. And that should give us hope in this life.