“For you, LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor will you surround him with a shield.”—(Psalm 5:12)
This is one of the most engaging concepts from the Word of God. In it root sense, the word, favor used in Psalm 5:12 could be translated to mean, delight, pleasure, reconciliation, forgiveness, acceptance.
The first part of this verse of scripture says, The LORD (or Jehovah—the Self-existent God that split the Red Sea and had Israel pass through on dry ground my paraphrase) will bless the righteous. It is God’s ultimate will to bless the righteous.
“So,who is the righteous?” You might ask.
The righteous is that person who has declared with his mouth that Jesus is LORD, believing that God the Father raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10).
You see, when God created man in the Garden of Eden, He created man in His image and likeness to reign on the Earth as His regent. But you know the story, man fell at the wimps of Satan and lost his Estate as Regent and became a slave on his own Estate. He became a slave to death, worry, fear, sickness and defeat.
God felt it. This Man that He had made in His image and likeness had become a slave out of disobedience. And while God’s love for man was undying, the demands of justice for man’s disobedience was death; and not just the physical death but death of a spiritual kind—an eternal separation from God.
But the thought of losing Man eternally caused God to hatch a plan in which Jesus, a sinless Man-incarnate, bearing the same image and likeness of God, would die for every man to end this eternal separation that Adam’s disobedience brought over Mankind (Romans5:12-21).
And so, Jesus died and went to hell to both pay for our sins and deliver those that had already been sent there out of that place of eternal separation from God. He was raised from the dead a Victor, after three days by the glory of the Father to validate our righteousness ( so that we who believe in Him could now partake in Zoe—the Greek word for the God kind of life—which He promised in John 3:16).
Jesus paid the price for all of mankind; for those who had died before He came and for all who lived after His glorious resurrection.Legally, His redemptive work saved every human being there has and will ever be on Earth. But vitally, we must all make a choice to accept or decline what Jesus did for us on the cross, in hell and at His ressurection. And because we, who are alive are free moral agents, it only takes agreeing with God by confessing that Jesus is LORD and believing that God raised him from the dead for you.
According to 1 Corinthians 5:17-21, when this happens you become righteous as God is righteous. You receive your righteousness, not from anything you could possibly do, but from what Jesus did and received on our behalf from God. You become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus whether you have killed someone in your past, prostituted yourself or never did anything bad at all in your life—Remember, it’s not about your actions, because at best, man’s best state is as filthy rags in God’s sight.
Now, God blesses the righteous and according to our opening verse of scripture in Psalms 5:12, one of the ways He does this, is by surrounding you with favor (delight, pleasure, reconciliation, forgiveness and acceptance) as a shield. In other words, God shields you roundabout with favor. In a more pictorial sense, God sets a force field of favor around you as part of His righteousness package—for you to keep certain things out.
Things like what ? You might ask.
Things like depression, guilt, sin-consciousness and inferiority complex. You see, God always sends light in place of darkness, healing for sickness and the gospel for poverty.It is His nature to answer questions with absolute accuracy. In any case, another definition for Righteousness, which is the very nature of God, is accuracy.
And so, He surrounds you with favor to make even your enemies at peace with you (Proverbs 16:7) . He surrounds you with acceptance so that you know that nothing in Christ, is too good for you to have or experience (Ephesians 1:6) . He surrounds you with forgiveness so that guilt and sin-consciousness are far removed from your mindset and conduct (Isaiah 54:9) . He surrounds you with reconciliation, so that you can follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which you can’t see Him*; forgive and receive forgiveness, knowing He is never angry at you.
God designed favor to be a fruit of His righteousness in you for your victory. Become aware of this awesome fruit. Nurture and cultivate it be meditating on the scriptures and declaring that you’re the favored of God. Because, in truth, You Are The Favored of God!
Patrick N. Igbinijesu