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Blessings from the Psalms

The word “Blessed” is used by many people. People certainly want to be “Blessed.” If you ask how a person is doing, they will often respond by saying, “I’m blessed.” The book of Psalms uses the term “Bless” quite a bit. When one reads the book of Psalms, they will certainly be blessed. Let’s consider some passages from the Psalms. 

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

It is a blessing to follow the law of God! The counsel of the wicked and the path of sinners may seem enticing, but it will never end well. The psalmist reminds us in Psalm 119:67 that when we go astray, affliction comes. Those who travel the path of the wicked and sinners will not stand. When we meditate on God’s law day and night, we will be blessed. When we delight in understanding His ways, our lives will be much better. This doesn’t mean that we will never have problems. However, we will be able to eliminate the pain that sin brings with it.

King David reminded us in Psalm 32 about the pain of sin. He said: “When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer.”  Do you want to be blessed? Then delight in God’s law. 

David spoke about the pain of sin in Psalm 32. But he also talked about the blessing of being forgiven! “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity. And in whose spirit there is no deceit.” We are blessed when we confess our sins to God and repent! Many may not view this as a blessing. However, being forgiven by God and knowing we have a right relationship with Him is the greatest gift we could ever have! Is there sin we need to confess to God? We will be blessed when we do! 

What other blessings might we find in the book of Psalms? Consider the following passages.

  • Psalm 2:12: “Do Homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”

  • Psalm 33:10-12: “The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” 

  • Psalm 34:8: “O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”

Because we are so blessed by God, let us Bless Him! Let us give thanks to Him, praise Him, and honor Him! “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.”  Psalm 103:1-2

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