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“THY PATHS DROP FATNESS,” Part 2
by Philip Owen

Last week we examined the brief clause found in our title—“thy paths drop fatness”—but there is such “fatness” in those few words that we must return to them again this week to harvest more of the abundant richness contained in these words from God.

 

The place of blessing:  “Thy paths.”  We cannot overemphasize the importance of the pronoun in this clause.  Thy paths drop fatness.”  Only the way of the Lord is blessed.  Only in seeking and doing His will do we find true blessing.  Many real Christians spend a good portion of their lives trying to manufacture blessing by doing their own will.  And, sadly, many succeed, some phenomenally, in the things of this world and are deceived into equating temporal success with the blessing of God.  But the thrust of David’s statement is exclusionary:  God’s path is not one of many options that result in blessing; God’s path alone produces blessing.   The one who seeks to find and to do the will of God is the one who is blessed.  If we desire the “fatness” God bestows, it is not enough that we be born again; we must be doing the will of God, for such is the place of blessing.  No amount of rationalization of our will nor exercise of our ability will substitute for the blessing that accrues along God’s path.

 

The plan of blessing:  “drop.”  The Hebrew word suggests more the idea of “dripping.”    There is a continual dripping of blessing upon the believer who is in God’s path. It is God’s way to load us with benefits day by day. He never leaves nor forsakes us.  His blessing is continuous and on-going.  And though blessing us is deliberate and purposeful on His part, there is a casualness about it from the believer’s perspective.  That is, we are intended to walk along God’s pathway, all the while focused on doing His will, seeking His glory and not our gain.  And as we follow behind His cart in this fashion, He drops a blessing here and drips another there.   Our purpose and focus are to get His cart of produce to the market (i.e., to serve Him), but as we do so, He tosses out supplies for our own use and enjoyment.  People who pursues position, power, prestige, or wealth may acquire them, but those things are temporal baubles, and those people miss the rich blessings that the Lord drops along the path of faithful service.

 

The plenty of blessing:  “fatness.”  The abundance of the Lord beggars description.  With a little industry, nearly anyone can acquire stuff, in many cases vast amounts of it.  But that is not the “fatness” of the Lord.  Yes, He provides our material needs, often abundantly.  But more than that, He pours out those spiritual blessings from heavenly places.  Only in the path of the Lord—in doing His will—do we find the fatness of peace, and joy, and contentment.  Only in the Lord do we find the satisfaction and assurance that result from both knowing and fulfilling our purpose for being here.  Only in the Lord is revealed our “latter end”:  we know how everything is going to turn out.  Only in the Lord does temporal burden produce eternal blessing.  What fatness!  For a few brief moments we devote our lives to the Lord who died to save us; in return He showers us with an eternity of bountiful life.  And all along the way we may bask in the fellowship of His Presence if we yield to Him.  Such fatness is indescribable.

 

Are you pursuing your will rather than the Lord’s?  That way lies poverty.  Oh, you may be fabulously successful—for the brief span of time.  But what a foolish exchange time is for eternity.  “Thy paths drop fatness” is truth, promise, encouragement, and admonition.  May we seek to do the Lord’s will henceforth and forever.  Many lives have ended in shipwreck and sorrow from pursuing their own way, but His “paths drop fatness.”       

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