I love these verses. There’s a blog post going round at the moment arguing that Western Christians should stop saying ‘God is blessing me’, because we need to stop thinking of blessing in terms of health, wealth and happiness – it implies that God is not blessing his people who are living in poverty or under persecution.

While I agree with the sentiment, I think that to stop saying ‘God is blessing me’ is the wrong solution – we just need to recognise his blessing in every area of life, not just when things are going well.

God blesses us by his very existence, by the fact that he loves us and sent his son to die for us. Whatever our circumstances, he is still worthy of praise, our saviour and our God.