Its important to understand how we are blessed by God and to know it we need to understand God personally, example when I say my son believes in me then it is he who understands me in character, knows what I like and don’t like and in his growth he observes me as first object to learn and imitate. So to understand God we need to know God’s character, attributes and His will, other wise all our efforts become vain (ritualistic).
Being blessed is living life agreeable to God, which simply states we have to practice richeousness and mortify sin (To be clear mortifying sin is not 100% killing it as we all struggle with sins, but to make it handicap/powerless, so if sin appears we shall not have any desire on it which is disliking desires of this world on daily basis). And to live richeous life is living according to will of God which is also needs daily dedication (practicing word of God in our life daily), which is not just attending prayer meetings, church and listening sermons which docent do the will of God as Jesus said (Matthew) blessings is in doing not in just listening.
Book of Psalms begins saying “Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly” Our today’s worlds morel systems tells us to be on positivity but God begins by emphasizing the negatives of this world and literally listens and speaks on us to be alert and attentive (vigilant) by saying in Psalms 1.
The blessed man is marked by the things he does not do according to this world but he who looks to his pilgrimage (the world which is to come),
- The places to which he does not go on this destructive world and defile himself and loose his hope of world that is to come,
- By the books he does not read that diverts his mind and carries his soul far from God,
- By the movies he does not watch brings his own self satisfaction and that confirms himself to this world and blinds Gods words,
- By the company he does not keep, relates to evildoers, sinners or one who is not leading and example of true pilgrims.
Definitely that’s the way to begin our journey to meet God. A blessed man begins by avoiding certain things in life, things which make it impossible for happiness to flourish because they are poisonous, destructive, and counterproductive.
Blessed is the man who . … standeth not in the way of sinners.
Definitely psalmist is says that there is nothing wrong with being friendly with lost men and women, of course looking in to life of Jesus who made friends with all kinds of people especially calling sinners, but He did so in order to lead them to a higher, holier way of life. Jewish leaders called Him “a friend of publicans and sinners.” This Psalm teaches we are not to stand in the way of sinners; we are not to participate in their sinful activities which puts us in the pit of judgement but we need to set and example of Christ for them to look for there soul and truth.
Blessed is the man who… sitteth not in the seat of the scornful.
- The ungodly man has his own counsel;
- The sinner has his own way;
- The scornful has his seat.
The progression in wickedness
- the ungodly,
- the sinner,
- the scornful; and
- the corresponding progression in backsliding by walking, standing, sitting in ungodly ways.
As the company gets worse sin increases its hold.
The Happy man avoids the seat of the scornful,
He avoids the classroom of the atheist and humanist who delight to shred the faith of the unlearned.
Today’s Society’s are full of them.
People who agrees worldly views and denies Gods words are been sitting in the seat of the scornful.
The godly man is separated from the world. He avoids the perils and pitfalls which lie along the path trodden by those who have no love for the Lord.
Association with God, His blessings at eternity,
In Isaiah 30:18-26, Lord promises on his return he will be gracious with people who held to him till that time and extend his grace to them who call out his name in repentance. God declares they will know the way to walk in it and they will put away there idols pronouncing them unclean. And He would finally reveal Himself to them as their teacher and will guide them in His moral will (v15; 26:9; 28:9-13; 29:11-12). Constable writes “Then the eyes would see Him and their ears would hear His voice correcting their deviations from His path (v9-11)”. The promise will now Lord give rain as a sign of His blessing, the seed will spring to give the land an abundant harvest and lust pastures for the animals. There will be an abundant supply of water at the “day of the great slaughter” the great battle at the end of the Tribulation. The brightness of the moon and sun will increase.
Advantages of Blessings
Blessings are provided for our spiritual protection in major and helps guide us to the path of happiness and righteousness. Let’s look in to these Bible verses to remind us of the true blessing of protection promised to us,
Support from believers,
Philippians 4:19, And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Gift That Brings Divine Light
James 1:17, Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Confidence of God on our side
Isaiah 41:10, So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
The Divine Love In Experience (Imputation)
John 1:16, Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.
Promise from God to Abraham for his faithfulness
Genesis 22:16-17, and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,
Isaac blessed Jacob with prosperity, dominion, and protection
Genesis 27:28-29, May God give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness— an abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed and those who bless you be blessed.”
Blessings to true believers
Psalm 1:1-3, Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
Lord is our Great Shepherd in our pilgrimage
Psalm 23:1-4, The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
2 Samuel 22:3-4, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me. 4 “I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.
Knowledge of Spiritual Realities
1 John 5:18, We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.
God’s Faithful Word
Psalm 138:7, Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.
Grace is a synonym for resources.
2 Corinthians 9:8, And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Peace surpasses all understanding
Philippians 4:7, And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Jesus died for us on the cross, and those above messages were direction to the right path which He intended for us.