Yesterday in our Bible study we were learning about God’s blessings on His people, and the blessings He desires for our children. You know, each time God made a covenant with someone, He blessed them. There are seven covenant – blessings recorded in Scripture: Eden, Adam, Noah, Abraham (see Gen 12:1-3, chapter 15, and chapter 17), Israel, David, and Jesus the Messiah, each one building on those previous. We noted the patriarchs passed God’s covenant and His blessing to their children, and that God gave them specific blessings for their children. We had watched a Dr. Davis dvd, How to Bless Children and Others (which I highly recommend) (Broken link, active May 18, 2007).
Then yesterday we just prayed together and asked the Lord to reveal to us as parents His blessing for our children. And then we were quiet and listened. And do you know, the Lord did reveal His blessing to us for each of our children. He began with the oldest and worked His way down, after giving us mothers His blessing for us first. (While some of us mothers were blessed by our parents as children, some weren’t, but even as 20-, 30-, and 40- somethings, our Heavenly Father still had a blessing for us which healed brokenness and confirmed His path for our lives. It was the most awesome thing ever.)
After listening quietly, one of us would hear in our hearts a phrase, or a parable, or a Scripture, and as we looked up the words or Word we were given, He just began painting a picture. One of the boys’ blessings, for example, was “you are a steadfast rock,” and his scripture was Psalm 112:1-7:
Praise the LORD!
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in His commandments!
His offspring will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
who conducts his affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
Could it be coincidence that this boy’s name just happens to mean, “YHVH remembers” — I think not. God desires to bless our children, He knows them and His plan for their lives, and He has individual, specific, and personal blessings for each of them. God wants to reveal His blessing to parents, so they can speak His blessing into the lives of these precious treasures as they grow. It is a wonderful thing what a good and giving Father we have.