Mar. 28, 2018

Psalm 119 Blessings

It is sad to see people scrambling and struggling through life in an effort to be blessed. There are many biblical passages that describe those who are blessed of the Lord. Jesus spoke a detailed account about those people who are blessed. His description is recorded in Matthew 5:3-11. A lot of people don't agree with Jesus when He said (Matthew 5:4 KJV)

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Those who disagree with Jesus primarily do so because they don't have a Kingdom perspective. From an earthly view people who mourn aren't considered blessed or happy. But Jesus knows the full scope of our life with Him: it is eternal. Those who mourn or suffer some in this life will enjoy such comfort and peace and consolation from Our Father. The deep compassion that will embrace mourners is so much greater than the earthly sorrow or disappointment. The difference between the saddness that may be experienced here and the comfort that will be given later is so magnanimous that there is no adequate comparison.

Many people equate being blessed with having possessions, power or money. The bible gives a very different view of what it really means to be blessed. These are just a couple of verses.

Psalm 119:1AMP Blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the Lord.

This verse shares that those who are blessed are the ones who are upright in their manner of living. They make a repeated, purposeful decision to know the law of God and to follow it. That person is blessed because God honors His Word. If a person determines in their mind and heart to learn and then obey God's law, they are blessed! God's Word does not come back to Him void or empty (Isaiah 55:11). The Word does not return to Him, not having fully accomplished His purpose. Hebrews 4:12 lets us know how powerful, effective and accurate the Word is.

Psalm 119:2AMP Blessed are they who keep His testimonies and who seek, inquire for and of Him and crave Him with the whole heart.

This is an intense verse! If people studied and chased after the Lord the way they pursue sports statistics, the stock market and the latest Hollywood gossip how full and rich their lives would be. Most of people's persistent pursuits will leave them exhausted and woefully dissatisfied. But putting our all into chasing after God is a rich and fulfilling exercise. In the natural, a person may attain what they are after or they may not. But setting our affections on the Lord guarantees success (Jeremiah 29:13 and Matthew 7:7-8).

If you want to be blessed and happy set your affections on things above (Colossians 3:2) All the earthly allurements will fade away and be destroyed. Why waste time, energy and resources running after things that have no real value? If it has no eternal value, it has no value. All the money and time spent trying to make a 60 year old body look 20 is wasteful and futile. This body is going back to the dust where it came from (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

Whatever God gave us we are to be good stewards of it. That includes these physical bodies, children, intelligence, abilities, etc. We are to manage well what God has given us to be caretakers of. But we have the things, the things shouldn't have us. Everything belongs to God and we are just to manage them well for a short season.

True blessings come from developing a sacred relationship with the Lord and honoring all His statutes.