Flourish

“In his days may the righteous flourish,
and peace abound, till the moon be no more!” 
Psalm 72:7

Psalm 72 marks the end of King David’s written prayers. At first glance, his supplication appears to be for his son, Solomon, the incoming king of Israel, along with the kingdom itself. Scholars tell us, however, that King David’s writing is not only a petition for the day, but also a prophecy for all time. And his prayer for us can be summed up in this: flourish.

David asks a great deal for each of these kings – God’s justice and righteousness; kingdoms that stretch across the earth; and the fear and respect of other kings. But David did not intercede for his son or the coming Messiah just for power’s sake. King David wanted these kings and their kingdoms to “defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.”

King David wanted his son and his Messiah to flourish in serving the poor and oppressed.

As a ministry of The Chapel, WOW – Women for Oppressed Women prays for and encourages women of all ages to flourish, as well – in their church pews and beyond. Our desire is to equip women to imitate Christ while empowering them to be missional. How they achieve that goal will look as different as each individual woman God created. The apostle Paul tells us in Romans that we each have gifts “that differ according to the grace given to us.” But he makes our expected response clear: “Let us use them.” (Romans 12:6 ESV)

This Christmas, remember the wise men. They brought gifts from afar and laid them at the feet of the Savior. Paul reminds us that we also have gifts, and their power is made full when we lay them at the feet of our Savior. As we give Christ our all, He gives it back to us in just the right portion at just the right time for just the right purpose. His power is perfected in our weak, but willing vessels, and He manifests the miraculous from what we see as mundane.

Friend, whether it be through WOW – Women for Oppressed Women or another ministry, our hope for you is that you flourish in serving.  God says that “(we) are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10, ESV) Whatever your design, however you are gifted, God can and will use them for His purposes. And as you flourish, the needs of others will be met, and the cause of Christ will be fulfilled.

Lord, thank You for creating us uniquely. Thank You for developing a plan for using our unique designs for Your purposes. Help us to seek You first and to keep our eyes fixed on You so that we may see where You are leading and serve where You are calling. Our desire is to flourish, not for the sake of vanity, but for the needs of the poor and oppressed, “till the moon be no more.” To You be all the glory, forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Linda Maynard, 12/16