"Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come" (Ps. 102:13).
Notice the Psalmist said the set time is come. I believe that this is a key phrase. A "set time" would indicate that God's already programmed it in and no devil, or man, or government can change it. It is a set time. Notice what this "set time" is for: Favor to come upon Zion. Zion is always symbolic of the church. In other words, there is a set time for favor to come upon the church like it has never experienced before. Please understand that the Psalm is prophetic.
Remember we're reading the words of a prophet, not just a king, nor just a psalmist. He's seeing into the future. Verse 15 says, So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
The "ages to come" that Paul spoke about in Ephesians 2:7 have come. Therefore, we should expect the favor of God on us like never before.
Favor Produces Wealth
"Lift up shine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
"Then thou shall see, and flow together, and shine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee" (Isa. 60:4-5).
In the Hebrew, the word "forces" is translated "wealth." Wealth is associated or connected to favor. If you study your Bible, you'll see that many who walked in the favor of God experienced financial blessings as well. Favor produces wealth.
We know that God has prophesied that a financial inversion will take place in the earth before the appearing of the Lord Jesus, and that the wealth of the sinner has been laid up for the just. So, if this "set time" of favor has come, then the church can anticipate greater wealth and finances. It will be experienced by those who are faithful and living righteously according to the Word of God. If you are one of those, then you are a candidate for greater finances than you've ever experienced before in your life.
Of course this only applies to tithers. If you aren't a tither, then He's certainly not going to cause this financial inversion to come on you. But on the other hand, if you are a tither, then get ready because He's going to pile it on those He can trust!
I want you to see a pattern for this in 2 Chronicles 1:12 when Solomon was given the assignment to build the temple:
"Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, (or favor) such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like"
God is saying, "I'm about to put favor on you like no one before you has ever walked in."
"And the king made silver and gold at Jerusalem as plenteous as stones..." (2 Chron. 1:15)
Can you imagine having as much gold and silver as you have gravel in your driveway?
Later in 2 Chronicles we see that the Lord appears in His glory:
"It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord: and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God" (2 Chron. 5:13,14).
"... the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.... When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory" (Ps. 102:13,16).
Notice what precedes the appearing of the Lord: a "set time of favor." We just read about a pattern for that when Solomon built the temple. Notice God granted him honor and favor and with it came riches, wealth and honor. Not only that, but with it came the right people, all that he needed, abundance, plenty, expertise, quality, talent, and anointing. I submit to you that we are in that set time and that's what we can expect.
Can you imagine how exciting this is going to be as we lay hold of it and begin to walk in it? God is saving the best for last. Now, I want to give you 10 major benefits that I've discovered from the Word of God to those who walk in God's divine favor. These are benefits you can expect when the favor of God is on your life.
Study each of these carefully and begin to confess them everyday. God confirms His Word when we are bold to declare it.
10 Benefits of the Favor of God
1. Favor produces supernatural increase and promotion.
"But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison" (Gen. 39:21).
2. Favor produces restoration of everything that the enemy has stolen from you.
"And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty" (Ex. 3:21).
3. Favor produces honor in the midst of your adversaries.
"And the lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight Pharaoh's servants, and in the sight of the people" (Ex 11:3).
4. Favor produces increased assets, especially in the area of real estate.
"And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the Lord, possess thou the west and the south" (Deut. 33:23).
5. Favor produces great victories in the midst of great impossibilities.
"For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the Lord commanded Moses" (Josh. 11:20).
6. Favor produces recognition, even when you seem the least likely to receive it.
"And, Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight" (1 Sam. 16:22).
7. Favor produces prominence and preferential treatment.
"And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti" (Est. 2:17).
8. Favor produces petitions granted even by ungodly civil authorities.
"If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do tomorrow as the king hath said" (Est. 5:8).
9. Favor causes policies, rules, regulations and laws, to be changed and reversed to your advantage.
"And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son, of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's provinces" (Est. 8:5).
10. Favor produces battles won which you won't even fight because God will fight them for you.
"For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them" (Ps. 44:3).
So, these are 10 major benefits that I've seen in my study of the Favor of God! The Psalmist says that we are compassed about by the favor of God. One translation says, "It surrounds us." When you get up every morning, anticipate the favor of God going before you. Anticipate the favor of God surrounding you. Expect favor to open doors every day. Expect these benefits to manifest in your life.
Remember you will get exactly what you expect. If you expect God's favor to surround you, then you will see it. If you don't, then it won't. Your expectations are more powerful than any negative thing that Satan can put before you. They will override the negative no matter how often they may manifest in your life. So expect God's favor in your life and watch what it will do. The set time has come so tap into it!
Excerpt permission granted by Jerry Savelle Publications