48. Lifetime Favour

God in the Psalms No.48 – God of lifetime favour

Psa 30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

In the meditation yesterday we considered the Lord’s anger and so now we move onto the second thing: the Lord’s favour. In families we sometimes have favourites.  These are the children most liked by the parent and who receive the blessing and goodwill of the parent. You may remember, Isaac’s favourite was Esau and Rebekah’s favourite was Jacob (Gen 26:28).  Later Jacob (Israel) was to have Joseph as his favourite (Gen 37:3). Having favourites always causes problems, but the point is that a favourite is one who receives the favour of the parent, the blessing and good will of that parent. This is what favour is all about – blessing and good will. What is a blessing? It is simply a decree of good, so when we say favour is about blessing and good will, we’re saying that favour is about decreeing good towards that person.

After the incident of the golden calf at Mount Sinai, the Lord tested Moses by suggesting that He destroy all Israel because of what they had done. We then read, But Moses sought the favour of the LORD his God (Ex 32:11). In other words Moses approached the Lord with a view to changing the Lord’s intent from bad to good (which, of course, was what the Lord wanted to do anyway). The way Moses did it is instructive. He appealed to the Lord on the basis of the Lord’s revealed will to Abraham. It was like he was saying, “Lord you decreed blessing for Abraham and his family. We are still part of that family, so that decree surely must apply here and now, not disaster.”

Do you see that, it’s like he’s saying, “Lord surely your intent to bless all peoples of faith last a lifetime – for ever?” Yes, a lifetime here, doesn’t just mean for a single person’s life; it means for ever. In that example we catch a hint of something really big: God has a plan and it’s a plan of blessing and it’s a plan that will go on and on and on throughout history.  We’ve seen previously that it’s a plan formulated by the Godhead before history began  (Jn 17:24,  1Pet 1:20 etc.).  In the second ‘Servant Song’ in Isaiah, Isaiah prophesies, In the time of my favour I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you” (Isa 49:8). Paul took this Messianic reference and applied it: we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation”. (2 Cor 6:1,2). God had been working right through history up to this point when His Son would come to bring salvation.

What is salvation?  It is saving out of a place of judgement and bringing into a place of blessing. God didn’t just save us so that we would not receive His judgement; He saved us so that we would receive an ‘inheritance’ (Col 1:12) a blessing of goodness into our lives that would bring all the benefits of Sonship (Gal 3:26) to us. Yes, it’s this same thing we’ve seen more than once in these meditations: God is good and He decrees good for His people, the blessing of oneness with Him through His Spirit by the work of Jesus (Gal 3:14). We live in the era in history that can be called the ear of the fruit of God’s salvation. It is the time when God’s favour, God’s decree of good for people is seen and experienced in all of its fullness this side of heaven. It has been brought by Jesus, applied by His Holy Spirit and received by us, and it last for a lifetime – for ever!

7 thoughts on “48. Lifetime Favour

  1. pls, do me a favour, send me some Scriptural Backup in the Bible that Mary find fovour with God and other people that find favour with God also.
    i will be very happy u put this understanding.
    Thanks remain blessed.

    • The Favour of the Lord
      I hope the following help:

      Gen 6:8 Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD
      • God looked on Noah and was pleased with him
      Gen 39:2-4 The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.
      • God was with Joseph to he found favor with Potiphar
      Gen 39:21 the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.
      • similarly when he was in prison
      Ex 32:11 Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God
      • Moses wanted God to rethink and think of them favorably
      Deut 33:23 Naphtali is abounding with the favor of the LORD and is full of his blessing;
      • God obviously thought well of this son and had blessed him
      1 Sam 2:26 the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with men
      • God was clearly pleased with Samuel and blessed him
      2 Sam 15:25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the LORD’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again.
      • David hoped God would think well of him and bless him
      Lk 1:30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God
      • Mary pleased God and so He chose her.

      To find favour with the Lord simply means to find God’s approval and blessing. The above are just some of the verses referring to ‘favour’.

  2. I really love this topic on the favour of God. I have discovered that life without God’s favour is nothing. God bless u.

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