The Abundant Life

Deal bountifully with Your servant,

That I may live and keep Your word. Psalm 119: 17

In this verse, David cried out for bounty, for abundance. We have all heard about the abundant life. Jesus promised it to us in John 10:10. But what does it mean? And is abundant life a life without trouble, chaos, and want?

Nothing about the rest of this section of Psalm 119 implies that David had found a place of abundance as the modern American church understands abundance (more on this here). The abundance David desired, and the abundance Jesus promised, is righteousness, wisdom, knowledge, justice, salvation, and rest. 

The abundance David desired, and the abundance Jesus promised, is righteousness, wisdom, knowledge, justice, salvation, and rest. Click To Tweet

Finding Rest

This may fly in the face of what we’ve been taught. How can rest be found during trouble? Can’t we obey better if our lives are easier? How can we take a deep breath during chaos? 

In Ephesians 3:20, Paul told us that God is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think. But how does the truth of abundance blend with the reality of present trouble? The answer lies in what we do in the midst of the storm.

In Ephesians 3:20, Paul told us that God is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think. But how does the truth of abundance blend with the reality of present trouble? Click To Tweet

We treasure God’s word in our hearts. Psalm 119:11 

We meditate on God’s word when people speak against us. Psalm 119:23

We look to God’s word above all else for advice and counsel. Psalm 119:24

The rest David sought wasn’t a cessation from trouble. We will have trouble in this world, Jesus promised us that. But he also promised us peace and courage. This gift of peace and courage is the heart of David’s request.

The rest David sought wasn’t a cessation from trouble. We will have trouble in this world, Jesus promised us that. But he also promised us peace and courage. Click To Tweet

True Peace

True peace and rest is not an absence of trouble, rather it is peace through the trouble. How? By letting the living Word, Jesus,  rule our lives. By meditating on and trusting in God’s ways. By allowing the counsel of God’s word to speak loudest into our lives.

When we walk in this type of abundance, we find a place of perfect peace even through the biggest waves and the scariest storms. We become peace to those who are walking through chaos. We become light to those who are walking in darkness. We forgive the unforgivable, love the unlovable, give wisdom to the foolish and counsel to the confused.

To ask God to deal bountifully with us it to ask him to make us a person of perfect peace.

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