Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. (Psalm 128:1–2, NIV)
The Lord is pleased with those who fear Him, and He blesses them. “To fear God” means to recognize God as the Lord and raise Him as He is. We cannot help but fear God when we know that the Lord, who sees all our behaviors and intentions, will judge us according to what we have done during our lives. Besides, we will worship the Most High God when we learn that He created the heavens, the earth, the roots of the sea, and the waters and manages all those things. He will bless us, and the end of our all things will benefit us, no matter what we suffer if we acknowledge God is our Lord. Ultimately, we will have eternal life.
God also gives work to those who fear God, and He supplies the power and strength to sufficiently cope with it. Even though the kinds of work are all different, He gives the best one because He knows what each of us likes and does well. Thus, we do not owe others nor depends on others’ efforts. We succeed in our work and are satisfied with the wealth we get from it. In Psalm 37, David confessed that he had never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. God cares for them to the end, blesses them and leads them to prosperity in their all things.
In here, you may have a question. You see many who do not fear God in the world but do well and prosper without God’s help. Sometimes they seem to be better, while your circumstances seem not to improve although you trust God. When you think of them, your faith may weaken or you may complain. However, Psalm 37:5-10 gives us comforting words. It says that if you commit your way to the Lord and trust in Him, He will do it. To commit your way does not mean not to do anything. While you are doing your work with your all wisdom and diligence in the Lord, you should thoroughly trust that all the results depend on God. Without being obsessed with the results, you should only expect God to give you good things in the end. You should hope in the Lord and wait for Him, not grumbling about the success of the wicked. They seem to prosper for a moment, but they will eventually be cut off and gone away because the wrath of the Lord accrues toward them. On the other hand, when you do your duty in faithfulness and wait for the Lord, He will surely repay with the best things and give inheritance. He gives prosperity and blessings to those who fear Him and live according to His word, and He surely compensates for their labors. Also, the Lord finally gives you the precious inheritance when you commit your ways to Him.
The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. (Deuteronomy 28:7, NIV)
Deuteronomy 28:1–14 records the blissful blessings God gives to His people. The Lord says that He pours great blessings when we listen to His word and obey them. What stands out among them is victory. God says that He gives victory when we obey His Word. If God is on our side, no enemy that attacks us can beat us. They come to fight against us, but they will eventually run away. If God stands on our side and we are on His side, those on the other side can do nothing to us. An individual will gain the individual victory, and a nation the national victory.
In verse 1, God promised a more comprehensive blessing. If we obey God’s Word, we will be superior to other nations in all respects. The economy part in particular was mentioned many times. God said that there would be no shortage economically on a personal, regional, and national level. All our possessions will be abundant, so our warehouses will always be full. Thus, we will lend to others, but not borrow. In this way, God blesses those who obey His word, so that they will always be victorious, economically affluent in peace.