. . . Happy indeed are those whose God is the Lord. – Psalm 144:15


We are, indeed, happy and blessed! On this Christmas Day in which our Lord’s birth is traditionally celebrated, we should take time to remember our blessings.

First, we can thank God for His blessings upon our children. How grateful we are that “our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. . . . Our daughters [are] like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace” (Psalm 144:12). To have well-mannered, God-fearing children is such a great blessing.

Because of the blessing of provision, “our farms [are] filled with crops of every kind,” and “the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands” (v. 13). God’s material blessings to His people are bounteous!

Because of our God, we are privileged to live in a land of peace. There are “no breached walls, no forced exile, no cries of distress in our squares” (v.14). We should never take for granted the peace in our families, on our streets, in our churches, and in our government. In spite of all our problems in America, we are still privileged to “live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2).

“Yes, happy are those who have it like this! Happy indeed are those whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 144:15). I trust this can be said of you and of me!


And the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potters”— this magnificent sum at which they valued me! So I took the thirty coins and threw them to the potters in the Temple of the Lord. – Zechariah 11:13

Another amazing prophecy of Zechariah had to do with Christ’s betrayal. Judas fulfilled this prophecy immediately after his betrayal of Jesus. “Then Judas threw the money onto the floor of the Temple and went out and hanged himself. . . . After some discussion [the priests] finally decided to buy the potter’s field, and they made it into a cemetery for foreigners. That is why the field is still called the Field of Blood” (Matthew 27:5, 7-8).

Money is so tempting, yet so unfulfilling. Those thirty pieces of silver seemed worth the entire world to Judas until they were actually in his hand. Then they became like garbage to him. How Satan had twisted Judas’s mind to value something that would cost him his life!

The great city of Babylon is the symbol of the materialistic god of this world, and it will be smashed to pieces in just one moment of time (Revelation 18:10). Christ is the “pearl of great value” (Matthew 13:46), and nothing else in this world really matters.

Let us hold Him dear and exchange nothing for His love.

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