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Monday, May 22, 2023
Bible Meditation: 
Psalm 40: 1-11

“I waited patiently for the Lord; and HE INCLINED to ME, and heard my cry– Psalm 40:1

GOD’S WORD overflows with WONDERS of FAVOUR: “I waited patiently for the Lord; and HE INCLINED to ME, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps (Psa.40:1-2). Favour is uncommon divine interest. Favour is when God gives a person or group of people, singular attention and undivided audience. Here, as God “inclined” or turned to David in Favour, he began to enjoy a fresh lease of life and New Songs (v3). By Favour, God identifies and hand-picks a person from a crowd, like Jesus did for the man with the long-standing infirmity of 38 years by the pool of Bethesda (Jh.5:1-6).

The Flow of Favour is a product of God’s Mercy, Grace, Help and Goodness: “Let us therefore come boldly to the THRONE of GRACE, that we may obtain MERCY, and find GRACE to HELP in time of need“ (Heb.4:16). Favour flows at the Throne of Grace. Mercy, Grace, and Favour are three vital currencies of spiritual transaction that God has chosen for His children to have a taste of heaven on earth. In particular, God’s Favour is vast and cannot be fully fathomed! Here are few of the Wonders of Divine Favour in God’s Word:

Favour is a supernatural surrounding shield: For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with FAVOR You will surround him as with a shield” (Psa.5:12). God, by favour, preserves the righteous all-round, in all places, times, and circumstances.

Favour is God’s aroma or flavour that rubs on us, to guarantee a life devoid of unnecessary rigour and futile labour. The Flavour of Favour makes the difference. Favour was “the kindness of God” that flowed from David to Mephibosheth to change his story from shame to glory (2Sam.9:1-13).

Favour is the divine lever that elevates the pauper from the dunghill, to sit with princes and nobles: He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap” (Psa.113:7).

Favour is God’s special allocation of goodness to His beloved – The Favoured! Doors of Favour open into Realms of Flourishing, Fruitfulness, and Fulfilment.

Favour is the divine current that carries us from our present season into future dreams. Favour was the golden river that carried the rejected Joseph from the pit to the palace (Gen.37: 26-28; 39:1-6, 41:39). It’s only a matter of Timing: “You will arise and have MERCY on Zion; for the TIME TO FAVOR her, Yes, the set time, has come” (Psa.102:12). When the Lord has determined our Season of Favour, His Face shines upon us, and no evil entity or force of hell can debar Him. Favour is the divine lubricant that smooths the way to our blessings.

Favour lifted Esther to Stardom! She contested for the position of Queen, as a non-indigene, and was preferred above many beautiful ladies of the land. She found favour before the keeper of the virgins, and then before the King. God’s Favour singled out Esther for the coronation, as the King loved her “above all the women” (Est. 2: 8-10,16-17). Also, when she appeared before the King un-invited, rather than being killed according to the royal tradition, she was offered the best reception and a gift of a half of the entire kingdom (Est. 5:1-4).

God usually releases Favour through the Vehicle of His Words, to bring an end to weeping and trigger the overflow of Life and Joy: “For His anger is but for a moment, HIS FAVOR IS FOR LIFE; weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning” (Psa.30:5). Favour is a Divine Stabiliser: Lord, by YOUR FAVOR You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled” (Psa.30:7). When God hides His face; it is trouble. But when His Face shines on us, we’re favoured: The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Num.6: 22-26).

Adetokunbo O. Ilesanmi (Meditations)

Lord, as we wait on You, grant us the Flavour and WONDERS of FAVOUR; let Your Face shine on us graciously and perpetually, in Jesus’ name.
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