“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord , will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield” Psalms 5:11-12, NKJV.
We can rejoice and shout for joy because Jesus became your substitute and satisfied the debt of sin. Your sins have been thrown as far as the east is from the west. They truly have. You stand in Christ as righteous as he is, and now a holy God has come near and surrounds you. Like a shield on every side, His favor surrounds you.
Favor is simply God delighting in you because you received His love through His Son. You accepted His Son, and God’s delight is to accept you not based on what you’ve done but grace–the unmerited favor of God. Don’t allow condemnation or guilt to surround you. Favor surrounds you. Don’t allow hopelessness to surround you. Favor surrounds you. Despite what is happening around you, in between all of it and you, in between the enemy’s attacks and you, is the favor of God that will prevail in your life.
Prayer: Father, thank you! I shout for joy over how much you favor me. Help me to understand who I am in you and the favor I’ve received. I say out loud that I am a blessed, forgiven, and loved. No matter the situation, your favor surrounds me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Genesis 39:21, Proverbs 8:35 & 12:2, Psalm 35:27