Blessed

“Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.” Psalm 128:1

No one word in all the Bible better describes the deepest desire of every sensible saint better than this word “Blessed.” All true believers want to be blessed by God. It is only those who are ignorant of the Lord and His Word that put any other ideal before this one. The world is taking their aim at other targets. They strive to be “rich” or “important” or “beautiful” or “popular” or “healthy” or “liked.” But the Christian wants to be blessed. Better to be poor with God’s blessing, than rich without it. Better to be sick with God’s blessing, than healthy without it. No condition, however comfortable, will satisfy the child of God that falls short of this word. Esau learned this too late, crying “Bless me – me also, my father (Genesis 27:34).” But Jacob would settle for nothing less and said “I will not let you go unless You bless me (Genesis 32:26).”

Christian – is this your desire? Is this your prayer? Would you cry out with Godly Jabez with that righteous prayer “Oh, that You would bless me indeed (1 Chron 4:10)?” Then hear the promise of our text: “Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.” There, my dear friend, is a door through which we must walk if we desire to live this blessed life. It has been opened before you. The fear of the Lord is the entrance, the only entrance, into this blessed life. No other door will do it. The God-fearing life is the blessed life. Only those who determine to delight in Him alone, His ways alone, His commandments alone, can attain to this glorious and wonderful life of blessing.

Note, for your encouragement, the absolute certainty of the result that you desire. “Blessed is EVERY ONE who fears the Lord.” All who fear the Lord shall know His blessing. Not a single man or woman who fears God has ever failed to be blessed. It is a certainty. It is sealed with the very promise of God. With respect to this blessing we may say of it as Isaiah declared “For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it (Isaiah 14:27)?” No one can annul this blessing that is promised to those who fear God and walk in His ways. Not angels or principalities or powers or things present or things to come can in any way interfere with the sure word of our text. We may take this one to the bank: “Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.”

Christian – Is there some area of your life in which you are actively resisting the Lord and His purpose for you? Is there an obedience that He is calling you to which you are trying hard to ignore? Is there something nagging your conscience and reminding you that you have not submitted to the Lord in this thing? What are you actively holding back from Christ? Whatever it is – that thing is right now standing between you and this blessed life. To fear God is to depart from iniquity. Whatever excuse you are employing to hold onto that precious sin, be sure it is standing between you and this blessing. Blessed is every one who fears Him, but blessed is no one who does not. You think by holding onto this sin you are securing a happier life. Oh how sin lies! God’s ways, and His ways alone, are the path of blessing.

Let this text run through your heart and mind today. “Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.” Be convinced of it. What are you most sure of in this life? I say to you this promise is more sure. You cannot be sure of health. But you can be sure of this. You cannot be sure of riches. But of this you can be forever sure! Your job is not certain, your family is not certain, your tomorrow is not certain. But this…this is as sure as God Himself! “Blessed…blessed! is every one who fears the Lord.”

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