by John Michalak
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause. Yes, let them say continually, “The LORD be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of his servant!”
One benefit in a free market economy comes from the element of competition. When businesses compete with each other, this often makes for better products or services. If the other guy is making improvements, you better as well if you want to make a profit. In this way, the customer benefits from higher quality goods and services.
But this culture of competition can creep into the way we approach life as well. If our neighbor just bought a new car, then we should as well. If our co-worker just got promoted over us, we might fume and wonder why. Sometimes, a culture of competition leads us to resent the success of others.
In this way, it’s possible to feel like you’re in competition with God—to resent Him in his high and mighty place, and certainly, to assume that He takes no pleasure in you rising higher in life. But this Psalm reveals a different God. The LORD takes pleasure in your prosperity. When you join Him in His righteous cause, He wants you to succeed!
If God is your competitor, perhaps a merger is in your best interests. Join God in the business of life, and you’ll profit in ways far beyond what’s in your bank account.