12 Does anyone want to live a life
that is long and prosperous? — Psalm 34:12 NLT
When I read this verse, my first thought is this: Is there anyone who doesn’t want to live long and prosper? Our bodies were originally designed in God’s image to last forever. Then sin entered the world bringing decay and death with it. Now, our bodies wear out and decay because sin still exists here on earth. God designed a garden where man could live forever and prosper. Sin entered that garden, seduced humankind, so God had to remove man and never allowed him to re-enter. So, living long and being prosperous has taken on a whole new meaning. Actually, it has taken on two meanings. One is defined from the worldly point of view and the other from the Godly point of view. We are bombarded on a daily basis with how the world defines prosperity. As Christians, we can be very prosperous in the Kingdom of God and the world will little know or pay any attention to the wealth we have built up in heaven. But God knows where we are laying up our treasures and He also knows that where our treasure is, there will our hearts be also. What is worldly will perish in the fire, that which is Godly will last throughout eternity. A worldly long life of a hundred years or more is nothing but a speck of dust compared to eternal life with God. We, as Christians, shall all live long and prosper! God has promised and so shall it be! So, let us join in a praise of thanksgiving!
Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise! — Psalm 47:1