Psalm 25:12 “Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD?”
[This is what you desire, O LORD Jehovah, that your children fear you–that is, stand in awe of you, care deeply what you think and value, walk in respect of and obedience to you, seeing ever more of your overwhelming holiness and power, goodness and love. When we move in that direction, then you have a flood of gifts you pour out on us.]
“He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.”
[You personally give each of your children guidance and teaching to direct us into the specific, personal path you have prepared. There are some commonalities here in each plan, but also many totally individual aspects: what to do in each day, where to live, what work to do, how to share with others from all the resources you give, whether to marry or not, and who to marry–to name a few.
It is, of course, up to us to accept your plan, opening ourselves to your guidance, being willing to deny self, take up our cross daily and follow you.
If we do this, we will advance, mature, be fruitful. We will join you in the accomplishment of your great overarching plan: to sweep as many as are willing into your Kingdom, to end time, eliminate evil and move into a perfect eternity where you will lavishly reward those who feared you and followed the personal plan you laid out.
Psalm 25:13 “He will spend his days in prosperity,”
[You supply our necessities—and you often pour out an overabundance with them. This is always true on the spiritual level, the relational level, the volitional level, the emotional level, and sometimes on the physical level. And that is the order of importance in the process.
Praise you, Lord God, for your good and wise provision. My life is certainly brimming over with spiritual prosperity: an abundance of joy, peace, patience, love, grace, goodness and growth, which flow all the time. He makes us like a fruitful vine clinging to His Word, bearing fruit in all we do.
You give out of your glorious riches, strengthening us with power through your Spirit in our inner being so that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith (Eph. 3:16,17). You give us an ever-increasing faith that allows the Spirit to dwell in an ever-widening place in our lives. This is spiritual wealth, spiritual prosperity. Praise you for your gracious giving, your gracious goodness, your gracious greatness.]
“and his descendants will inherit the land.”
[This originally spoke of the land of Israel, but now can speak of the heavenly land we can give our children, meaning belonging to you, Lord, and having a place in your Kingdom, in your Home, in your Love. Our fearing you will help our descendants follow us into surrender and obedience of belief and become your children.
I praise you, Lord God, for the privilege of fearing you, of trusting you, of obeying you and thereby bringing blessings to others you bring into our lives.]
You, Lord God, are the only One I can trust, and you are the only One worthy of trust, of glory, honor and exaltation. I bow before you now in worship, I rise up before you in obedience so that you may be honored before angels and humans today.