…because it is in us to give!
God puts a prayer inside each of us to give to another person – and we have to give it right – by that I mean sincerely, faithfully, and fervently – in a manner in which we may confidently expect God to answer.
If God has called us to bless others with confidence, can you imagine, as we come before Him with prayer or praise, how confident we can come before His throne of grace?
Sometimes those expressions of blessing take on a physical expression – standing, lifting up our hands up high, spreading out our fingers, and/or raising our voices – all the while making sure that our face is toward the person we are blessing.
My favourite blessing in the Bible is the Aaronic Blessing. I use it and variations of it quite often. I mean, if you break it down, it is one of those portions of Scripture where the Trinity can be found if you look hard enough for it. The repetition of the name “Lord” or “Jehovah” three times, expresses the great mystery of the Godhead-three persons, and yet one God. The expressions in the separate clauses correspond to the respective offices of the Father, to “bless and keep us”; of the Son, to be “gracious to us”; and of the Holy Ghost, to “give us peace.” And because the benediction, though pronounced by the lips of individuals like you and I, derived its virtue, not from us or even from a pastor or priest, but from God, with this encouraging assurance added, “I the Lord will bless them.”
I think that there is an amazing opportunity to bless someone to be under the almighty protection of God our Saviour; to enjoy His favour as the smile of a loving Father, or as the cheering beams of the sun; while He mercifully forgives our sins, supplies our wants, consoles the heart, and prepares us by His grace for eternal glory; these things form the substance of this blessing, and the sum total of all blessings. In so rich a list of mercies worldly joys are not worthy to be mentioned. Matthew Henry
- The LORD Bless You (instrument-rated-theology.com)