From ‘Divine Strategies for Increase,’ a study on God’s spiritual laws and how to enact them in your life, this excerpt examines the power of a blessing.
“The Lord has blessed Obed-Edom . . . because of the ark” (2 Sam. 6:12)
One story that illustrates the power of blessing is in 2 Samuel 6. “So David would not move the ark of the LORD with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and all his household. Now it was told King David, saying, ‘The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.’ So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness,” (2 Samuel 6:10-12).
Obed-Edom’s experience was remarkable. He was a Gentile who served David (possibly as a bodyguard). He had the fortunate experience of having the Ark of the Covenant come to his house for three months. The result of this was incredible. Scripture says, “The Lord blessed Obed-Edom and his household.” Wow! I wonder what the blessing looked like? What would you have seen if you were his neighbor?
A blessing is a spiritual force that causes success, protection and happiness beyond what is deserved. An understanding of blessing and curses is foundational to a study on God’s spiritual laws. Even though curses are real, it is important to know that blessings are more powerful (just as light is more powerful than darkness).
Those observing Obed-Edom’s blessing must have seen some astonishing things to have the report even get to the king. What do you think his neighbors saw? Let me speculate. I believe they observed most or all of these things: relational healing and joy in the family, faces glowing with God’s glory, vegetation thriving, profound wisdom, deep intimacy with the Lord, confidence, peace, supernatural power, success in everything they did, unusual “luck,” financial prosperity, favor, physical vitality, protection and the ability to create blessing wherever they went.
What did Obed-Edom do to receive all these Kingdom benefits? He basically did nothing to receive this free gift of life, this grace. He was the benefactor of a spiritual force called “blessing.” His experience speaks that there are higher ways of living available to us. Indeed, our New Covenant benefits are greater than the power of the Ark. God’s heart is not only that we are blessed, but, more importantly, that we become a blessing.
Let’s become a blessing by building our faith in the power of a blessing and intentionally releasing this undeserved transforming grace wherever we go.
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“But his delight is in the law of the Lord . . . and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3)
The laws of the spirit are more real than the natural laws. Just as the law of gravity can work for us or against us, so do God’s spiritual laws.
God’s laws primarily are principles to release blessing, not rules to be obeyed to gain right standing with God. The Psalmist talks of one whose prime delight is in the law of the Lord. This person not only discovers how to cheerfully make life-changing deposits into the spirit realm, but, more importantly, how to find new aspects of the nature of God (hidden in each law) to behold and worship. The end result of this delighting is a transformed life that prospers in every endeavor. His experience can be our experience, and this book unlocks the blessings hidden in the spiritual realm.
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.