"Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!"
Doesn't this psalm strike a harmonious note in your soul after reading Elijah, Elisha, and Daniel? What an excellent description of these three men in verses 6-8. "For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid until he looks in triumph on his adversaries."
Reading Elisha say, "Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me," I thought "What makes a person worthy of such admiration?" Have you known anyone to whom that statement would be true for you? What would be the defining characteristics of such a person?
As is so often the case, the Holy Spirit quickly gave me an answer through His Word. In Daniel 6:16 King Darius provided valuable insight into the character of such a person. "May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!" Can you think of a better summary of the lives of Elijah, Elisha, and Daniel than "Your God, whom you serve continually!" I am sure these men have other attributes worthy of emulation, but can you think of a better eternal epitaph than "Served the LORD God continually"?
Almighty God, You have blessed us with examples worthy of imitation. Have You placed anyone in my life worthy of me wanting a double portion of them for myself like Elisha? What would it be like to be worthy of another desiring a double portion like Elijah? Holy Spirit, please cause us to desire a life worthy of Paul's command in 1 Corinthians 11:1, "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." Lord Jesus, we know You are the perfect example of the One who served the LORD God continually. Thank You for the gift of Your Spirit. May our lives reflect Your Spirit. Oh, Lord Jesus, that I too could say “Follow me because I am following Christ Jesus.”