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A Brook of Blessing

He gives to them a brook of blessing
filled from the rain of an outpouring.
They grow stronger and stronger with every step forward…  Psalm 84:6b-7 (TPT)

In the previous verse the Psalmist has mentioned “passing through the valley of Baca”.  “Baca” means ‘tears’ but the good news is that we are “passing through”.  We pass through valleys; we do not live in them.  If you are presently in a season of weeping, God will bring you through.  David said:

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil… Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

He divided the sea and led them through;
he made the water stand up like a wall.  Psalm 78:13 (NIV)

…he led them like sheep through the wilderness.  Psalm 78:52 (NIV)

Isaiah prophesied:

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire;
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.  Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)

Note the repetition of the word “through”.  If you are in a valley of weeping, see yourself coming through and out stronger.

Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.  Psalm 30:5 (NASB)

The valley of tears is temporary, and look what lies in store: “He gives to them a brook of blessing filled from the rain of an outpouring.”  Refreshing rain is coming.  In the Bible, rain usually speaks of blessings.  In Ezekiel 34:26, God is speaking and He says:

I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing.  And I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing.  Ezekiel 34:26 (NASB)

This word “shower” in the Hebrew is geshem, which means ‘to rain violently, pour down in heavy shower’.  God wants to rain blessings in your life – and not just a light rain of blessings.  He wants to pour down heavy showers of blessings on you.

For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring.  Isaiah 44:3 (NKJV)

This scripture formed the prayer of God’s people prior to the Hebrides revival: “Pour water on the thirsty and floods on the dry ground.”  Are you thirsty?  Could you benefit from “a brook of blessing filled from the rain of an outpouring”?  Every day, arid and parched part of your life can be refreshed by God.  As the Psalmist said:

You gave abundant showers, O God;
you refreshed your weary inheritance.  Psalm 68:9 (NIV)

Needing strength?  Psalm 84:7 goes on to say, “They grow stronger and stronger with every step forward…” or in other words:

They go from strength to strength (increasing in victorious power).  Psalm 84:7 (AMP)

God puts supernatural strength into every stride of faith we take.  I love what Habakkuk said when life was difficult:

Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, (though) the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the (victorious) God of my salvation!  The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror, but to walk) and make (spiritual) progress upon my high places (of trouble, suffering or responsibility)!  Habakkuk 3:17-19 (AMP)

May God give to us a brook of blessing filled from the rain of His pouring.  May we grow stronger and stronger with every step forward.

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