Did you know that you can bless other people? Look at this extravagant blessing that the writer of Psalm 20 extends to another person.
“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! . . . May he send you help from the sanctuary. . . . May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!” (verses 2,4,5 ESV).
Have you considered blessing any person in your life in a similar manner?
When we utter a blessing over someone, we’re not making a wish. We’re extending the power of the name of God as a fragrant and fruitful promise from God. God is all about blessing people. In fact, God gave his people a blessing that we still use today: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).
Beyond blessing those we love, Jesus told us to love our enemies, and the apostle Paul counsels, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse” (Romans 12:14).
Whether a person is a friend or enemy, we should be authentic and deeply present to them in the moment of blessing. These aren’t idle words. They carry the weight of God’s abundance. Ask the Lord to show you the way forward to blessing others.