A VISION FOR YOUR BLESSING IN 2018
“THE PRINCE OF PEACE AND HIS TROOP OF DUSTY PRINCES”
by Martin Van Horn
I bless your spirit to see in Psalm 113 below the surface to the Lord’s heart for you.
Can you imagine a heavenly throne, jeweled and glorious, with The King looking down on this Earth? Does He seem to far away? Can you imagine sitting on the floor, defeated and discouraged, surrounded by dust and ashes? Now, you are being blessed by The King who comes to you and lifts you up from the dust of defeat. This King goes beyond this and makes you one of His Princes.
I bless you to catch Jesus’ view of you and His commissioning to join Him in His army of Dusty Princes. I bless you to see Him setting directionless people free.
Psalm 113 starts with Google Earth view looking down from Outer Space, seeing everything. It ends with Street View down here where you and I are.
1 Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! a Go ahead, praise the Lord, all you loving servants of God! Keep it up! Praise him some more!
2 For the glorious name of the Lord is blessed forever and ever.
3 From sunrise brilliance to sunset beauty, lift up his praise from dawn to dusk!
4 For he rules on high over the nations with a glory that outshines even the heavens.
5 No one can be compared to God, enthroned on high!
6 He stoops down to look upon the sky and the earth.
I bless your human spirit, because you are large; you are free; you touch God, who is Spirit. You are enlarged in His Spirit; you have a bigger view of life; you are not stuck. You rise above your circumstances; you are seated with Christ in Heavenly Places.
7 He promotes the poor, picking them up from the dirt, and rescues the needy from the garbage dump.
8 He turns paupers into princes and seats them on their royal thrones of honor.
9 God’s grace provides for the barren ones a joyful home with children so that even childless couples find a family. He makes them happy parents surrounded by their pride and joy. That’s the God we praise, so give it all to him!
(Simmons, Brian. The Passion Translation New Testament: With Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Songs (Kindle Locations 6229-6235). BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC. Kindle Edition.)
I bless you to recognize the dust and ashes you may be sitting on. Release your grief, discouragement and hopelessness. I bless you to hear the voice of the Lord looking at you, saying, “I AM here.” As you look up and see Him reaching down to lift up your head. You look away from the dust of your past; you listen to His voice. I bless you as He says, “Rise up, my Beloved. I have a royal calling for you.” He is the Prince of Peace and he is calling you to join his troop of Princes, dusted off and ready to go forth.
He is not just a King on a Throne, He is the Prince riding His white horse of rescue, finding lost friends weakened and covered with dust. We have all been there. Now we ride with Him to lift up other defeated, needy paupers. You wear the shining breastplate of righteousness and are covered with the royal cloak of purple; you need not be concerned about gender as prince or princess.
I bless you to receive the Prince of Peace whose Kingdom aligns relationships, restores dignity, releases resources, overcomes hopeless captivity, lifts up good over evil. This is the Peace of the Shalom He brings. He brings it to you. You bring it to the next Dusty Prince. Together we ride.
I bless you, Dusty Prince, in the new year 2018.