This verse does not say that God’s people will never suffer violence and it does not say that unbelievers will never be blessed. It does say that gifts and blessings will surround, cover, and go before those who have faith in God. This verse also says that there is a difference between the righteous and the wicked. The way we look at things is different. Christians are to have a different focus, different thoughts about our circumstances, than unbelievers. Our thoughts and our words are to be filled with blessings. This is in such contrast to the world. The world gives us negativity, anger, and vengeance almost daily.
I like the way the New Living Translation translates this verse. “The godly are showered with blessings; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.”
Daily we have the choice to view life as a blessing or a curse. We can choose to speak blessings or curses. God through Moses made this clear, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” That choice is still set before us. As Christians, we are to use our words to build up and encourage not to tear down or hurt. How we view life and the lens we choose to apply to events that come our way is a good indication of our level of intimacy with God. I know that when I am distant from God, through sin, selfishness, or resentment, I let the littlest thing shake me. But if I am in communion with Jesus on a regular basis, not just going through the motions, but really connected, the storms of life can come and I will still be able to see the daily blessings that are all around me.
Where do you find yourself today? Can you see how you have been showered with blessings? If not, what do you need to let go of and what do you need to focus on to change your perspective?