Journeying Through the Psalms Part 1
Psalm 1:1 “ Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
Blessed. Blessed, not cursed. The state someone is in, this is blessed or cursed. There are no other options of being in any other state than either in the state of being blessed, or in the state of being cursed. Often times “blessed” gets confused with the material blessings that people think of when they hear the word “blessed.” But that is not the only meaning here, blessed is also having peace, “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). Blessed is also having “The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) provide healing for your mind (“But we have the mind of Christ,” 1 Corinthians 2:16), body (“and with his stripes we are healed,” Isaiah 53:5) and soul (“O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul,” Psalm 116:4). God’s blessing is holistic. It includes the material, but it is more than that, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10), but also “for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15). True, God owns “the cattle upon a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10) and “for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of” (Matthew 6:8), but also “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal” (Matthew 6:19). What are treasures in heaven? It can include those we lead to God; the Kingdom of God is compared to a greatly valuable pearl. What a treasure! A pearl so valuable that all would be given in order to attain ownership, one might say, to ransom it; it must be worth infinitely more than a mere sum on a bank statement. “[H]e that winneth souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30), and this wisdom is reflected in being blessed. “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God” (Psalm 146:5, NIV), and what does the person whose God is the Lord do? He wins souls. This is being blessed. Being able to “preach the Good News” to the world, this is being blessed. Blessed includes the material world, but even in this life, it is so much more. Being blessed in being able to walk in the ways of God, to fear Him, to know His wisdom (who is Christ, I Corinthians 1:24), and to be wise by winning souls. This is the true state of being blessed, to rest in the humble obedience of the grace of God in the ongoing work of the Great Commission. This is being blessed. Oh “seek first the Kingdom of God and all of these things will be added to you”. “And what is the Kingdom of God?” we often wonder; it is more than tithes and offerings, but rather it is in the hearts of men. We are “a royal priesthood” (I Peter 2:9), the kingdom of God is found in His Sons and Daughters, priests and royalty together united to God in family through the powerful Blood of Jesus Christ, the (not a) King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:6). What does this mean? It means that all will be taken care of in the material realms (i.e., financial, physical, psychological etc.) when we make God’s Kingdom our concern and focus. Then we will be Blessed in God’s perspective, because we will be gently expanding God’s Kingdom by sharing His message of Redemption for a lost and dying world, this my friend, is being blessed.