And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:3
Most Christians will know this psalm and this verse especially. We could group it with the likes of John 3:16 and Psalm 24 in terms of its familiarity. But after hearing a sermon on this verse a few months ago I have been concerned about verse 4 in my own life. More specifically, the conclusion of the principle in the last sentence
…and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper
Taking into account the fact the difference between prosperity in God’s eyes and the world’s eyes, and the fact that we live in different dispensations and there is something of a transition from material blessings to spiritual in the New Testament, this verse still troubles me. And here is the reason.
Does everything I do prosper? That word “whatsoever” literally means that, everything, every time. Do I prosper in every aspect of my life, in every relationship and responsibility? Looking at it that way maybe you understand why this verse could trouble me.
What do you think?