Pressing for the Blessing

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2

Everyone wants to be blessed! Each year we hear tag lines about blessings: Too blessed to be stressed, When the devil starts messing, God starts blessing, Blessed and highly favored – the list goes on and on.  I’m sure that you can think of many of these catch phrases as well.  Even embedded in our everyday vernacular are words of blessing when someone sneezes, “God Bless you.”  Humanity has an understanding, even if only on a cerebral level, that there is something desirous about “blessings.”  We want them, we welcome thing and we wish them for one another. The Hebrew word bārûḵ when referring to man means happiness.  This is definitely what everyone seeks – we go throughout our lives searching for it, lusting after it, envying others who seem to have it – accumulating things that we think will bring it to us and wanting people we think will make it for us.

In 2018 each of us will desire the blessings of God.  We want His stamp of approval over our lives, over our families, over our endeavors for the upcoming year.  We want to know that God’s favor rests upon us – we want to experience His blessings. We want to be happy!

Psalm 1 gives us a definitive recipe for receiving God’s blessings.  The psalmist is encouraging us to be careful about where we walk, where we stand and where we sit.

The Psalmist begins by suggesting that the person who will really achieve happiness has some things that he/she CANNOT do:

WALKS not in the counsel of the ungodly – Basically the Psalmist is stating that a godly person does not yield to the advice of the wicked.  It is amazing to see so many Christians rely on the success of their lives through the advice or wisdom of those that don’t love the Lord.  We seek out the wisdom of the Oprah’s, Dr. Phil’s and Iyanla’s of the world and we place their ideologies above the Word of God.  Our facebook and twitter statuses are bombarded with those people we admire and think so highly of – yet we cannot regurgitate the Word of God as quickly.  Now, I’m not saying that there are not people in the world who are not intelligent, wise or have profound things to say – however, we must make the Word of God our Number One source of truth – above all else. Ellsworth says, “Ours is a time in which those who have no room for God are ever ready and eager to offer advice to those who are living for God. The advice of the godless is all around. It crops up in personal conversations, in magazine and newspaper articles, in movies and television shows.” [1] We must show a commitment to His Word in such a way that it governs the way we think, live and perform in our daily lives.  Your life cannot look like you’ve taken Oprah’s Life Classes – YOUR life, believer, must look like the BIBLE is your course guide.

STANDS in the way of sinners – A person who achieves happiness in Christ will not stand in the path of sinners – You cannot seek after their godless lifestyles or patterns of behavior.  This does not mean you will have no contact – but it speaks of camaraderie and conformity.  How can you seek the things of God and the world at the same time? You cannot! You must love one and hate the other.  The believer must separate himself/herself from the path that sinners take and stand only and firmly in the path set for him/her through the Word of God.

SIT in the seat of the scornful (scoffers)- Scornful people hold nothing sacred – they scoff at God and everything that is associated with Him.  To sit with such people means that you are past walking and standing – you are now remaining or abiding with them and enjoying their company.[2]  Be careful whom you associate yourself with. One thing we all know for sure is that eventually we take on the behaviors and patterns of those we are around the most.  We begin to talk like them, use the same phrases, etc. How do you  think you look, child of God, as you sit (enjoy the company of) those who scoff God or don’t take Him or His Word seriously?

The Psalmist continues with what the “blessed” person WILL do: Delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on His law day and night!  The godly person will find happiness in God’s law!!! The Word of God should bring you joy and happiness – completeness and satisfaction!  Isn’t it amazing that we seek after all of these other things to make us happy and God simply wants us to be happy in His Word??? Delight and meditate on His word! Delight is similar to the feelings a man has for the woman he loves – He delights in her – he desires her, he is intoxicated by her – he yearns to spend time with her – he is enamored by her every word! Oh, that we would feel that way about God’s Word! Oh, that we would be intoxicated by His Word and yearn to spend more time with Him! And that feeling of exhilaration and yearning would be continuous as we meditate on it throughout our day!

The recipe for God’s blessings: Watch where you Walk, Stand, and Sit and learn to Delight and Meditate on God’s Word! Keep Pressing for your Blessing!

c/Candie A. Price

[1] Roger Ellsworth, Opening Up Psalms, Opening Up Commentary (Leominster: Day One Publications, 2006), 29.

[2] Roger Ellsworth, Opening Up Psalms, Opening Up Commentary (Leominster: Day One Publications, 2006), 30.

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