The Blessed Life


     Living your life so that you are blessed is important to God.  Therefore, the Bible has a host of beatitudes informing you how you live so as to be abundantly blessed by God.  The book of Psalms begins with a beatitude and contains over a dozen declarations of blessing on those who live in such a way as to enjoy God’s lovingkindness.  The blessing that begins Psalm 112 is worthy of close and careful meditation.  Here, it is written: “Praise the Lord!  Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.”

     Deep, abiding reverence for God and all things holy is the bedrock of blessed living.  Accurate discernment between the sacred and the profane is essential.  Keeping the temple of your heart free from the impurities of idolatry and full of profound respect for the true God is the lifeblood of the blessed life.

     Cultivating a love for God’s holy commandments which delights greatly in their content and results in your joyful compliance to them is essential to blessed living.  Obedience to God is not optional nor is it a drudgery.  Possessing an intense appetite and thirst for the authoritative and holy will of God is a distinct characteristic of one who will enjoy God’s richest blessings.

     Being blessed by God is not a spiritual mystery hidden away in the secret things of God and is only discovered by a few elite spiritual explorers.  The Bible plainly and repeatedly tells us how to live the blessed life.  “Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways” (Psalm 128:1).  “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).  “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments” (Psalm 112:1).

     The knowledge and opportunity of living the blessed life is available to all. 

     Praise the Lord! 

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