May God bless you.

11 You who fear The Lord, trust in The Lord; He is their help and their shield. 12 The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us. He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. 13  He will bless those who fear The Lord, both small and great (Psalm 115).

What does it mean to be blessed? Is it being healthy? having plenty of money squirreled away for the future? or being able to get what you want at the drop of a hat? That sounds just about right. But we have seen that material wealth doesn’t always come with joy, peace or guarantees. In the midst of uncertainty, family, health, peace and hope can’t be bought with riches. Being blessed is independent of circumstances. It is a sense of calm and contentment because of the good we discover in the midst of adversity. Blessings may come from the favor and generosity of others. We are blessed when we can give to those in need. True blessings are given to those whom God delights in. 

“Blessed are those who invest in eternity.”

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in Heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5).”

The Lord Jesus described those who are truly blessed in this life: those who will see God, inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, are called the children of God, the humble, those who receive mercy, the persecuted for His Name, and those who mourn tragedy and loss. The poor in spirit are those who depend on God for their spiritual well-being. They understand that there’s nothing they can offer God to please Him, but their submission to Him. They hunger and thirst after His Righteousness and are filled by His Spirit. Those who are blessed are blessed in godliness, with eternal rewards. They flourish by becoming more like their God. They yearn for the Kingdom of Heaven more than the things of the world. The blessed children of God are not defiled by the wickedness around them; they strive for purity. They refrain from bitterness and pursue peace with those who are against them. They see God because in many ways they become like Him, even forgiving their offenders. Being blessed is having the likeness of God’s Character. The blessed will inherit the best—the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who invest in eternity. They are not afraid to suffer persecution for their Lord that they may gain all that He has for them. They have better returns for investing their lives in righteousness, peace, purity, mercy, and perseverance. 

4 Blessed is the man You choose, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, of Your holy temple (Psalm 65).

Blessed are those who seek after God. They will feast on the Goodness of God and be refreshed in His Presence. Blessed are those who devote time to come to the house of God—the church or temple. They will not leave hopeless or spiritually emaciated. They will be fed with the dainties of spiritual wisdom and be well-nourished in His Presence. Blessed are those who desire to come to the house of God, to worship and listen to His Word. They will be satiated with the spread from the table of The Lord, more than anything the world can offer.

“Being blessed is having the likeness of God’s Character”

Blessed is everyone who fears The Lord, who walks in His ways. 2 When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. 3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table. 4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears The Lord (Psalm 128).

Those who fear The Lord are intentional about how they live each day. They are determined to walk in God’s Ways in every area of their lives. Therefore, they are blessed in their roles at home and out in the world. God continuously equips them to honor Him. God blesses those who fear Him, so they continue to bless His Name. When they apply God’s Ways to their decisions and lifestyles, they impact the lives of their loved ones. The spouse of the one who fears God becomes supportive and helpful in running the affairs of the home. The children become submissive, obedient and respectful. Those who fear The Lord and walk in His Ways will be blessed in the work of their hands, and they will enjoy the fruit of their labor. Do you rejoice over a meal because you worked for it? Then you are blessed. Submitting to God warrants God to make good on His Promises to bless our households.

 29 “Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My Commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!”(Deuteronomy 5)

God delights in the heart that fears Him and keeps His Commandments. When God Says it, that settles it. Oh that we would have a heart that fears and obeys Him! He would ensure that everything works to our benefit and that of our children, today and forever. It costs as little as obedience to prosper and pass down a successful future for our children. Who can thwart God’s Purpose for us? when we set our sights on fearing Him? It will be well, no matter what the economy looks like, regardless of natural calamities, pandemics or financial uncertainty. 

17 “Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. 18  For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His Hands make whole (Job 5).”

Do not despise the chastening of God. We would disapprove if our children despised our chastening, by acting out or refusing to acknowledge wrong. A disciplined child should accept correction, by taking responsibility for their actions. Parents understand that children are still growing and learning from their mistakes. God understands that we are not perfect as He is. He wounds and lovingly binds up our broken spirit. His Loving Hands make us whole. God’s discipline keeps us on the straight and narrow, so that we are not numbered among the wicked. Better to be disciplined by God than mankind. When people discipline, they often do so out of emotion, frustration and their need to make themselves feel better. They hardly do so for the betterment of the offender. God, however, doesn’t chastise to satisfy Himself, but to edify us, so that we can steer away from wickedness. When He bruises, he heals. He never leaves His people in the doldrums of misery. His Hands make whole again; He doesn’t just address one issue, He completely restores. Blessed are those who are disciplined by God, because they are none the worse for it.  

“We are blessed in Him, when we are well-acquainted with The God of Truth” 

16 “So that he who blesses himself in the Earth shall bless himself in The God of Truth. And he who swears in the Earth shall swear by The God of Truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hidden from My Eyes (Isaiah 65).”

Those who make a living and strive to succeed should do so in The God of Truth; they should be honest in their dealings because God desires truth. Those who make commitments should remember that God will hold them accountable, to do what they say they will do. If we learn anything from God’s discipline, it should be humility and truthfulness. God will forgive us and forget our past sins. We must go forward in His Grace, but do so in God’s Truth. He reveals where we fall short, so that we can accept the truth about us. We must accept His Will in order to make amends. We are blessed in Him, when we are well-acquainted with The God of Truth. When we learn God’s Ways, we can strive to live up to them. Forget the past, it has been erased before God’s Eyes. Embrace the truth and truly live for the best He has for you. 

“If we make God our only hope, He will become our only Source.” 

Blessed is that man who makes The Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order.  If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered (Psalm 40).

Those who trust in The Lord don’t look to others as their hope. God has been faithful to them and they can recall what He has done before. Their confidence is in God, Who, they have become familiar with. Blessed are those who remember what God has done. They will rest on His Goodness that never fails. The proud and powerful are not dependable. God has control of everyone’s life, and He does as He pleases. If we make God our only hope, He will become our only Source. God does what brings Him Glory and praise; He leaves an indelible impression, so that we never forget His wonderful works. 

“Blessed are those who are ready to meet their Lord.”

7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him Glory, for the marriage of The Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of The Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God (Revelations 19)” 

Those who are glad in The Lord will rejoice in Him because He is their full portion. They lack nothing good, when they have surrendered their lives to God. The Body of Christ—the body of believers—who are the Bride of Christ, need to ready themselves for the celebration of being united with Him. The marriage of the Lamb and the Bride will usher an unbroken fellowship for eternity. The Bride has to make herself ready, by being clothed in righteousness for the marriage with The Lamb of God. Blessed are those who are ready to meet their Lord. Make ready for the return of The Lamb of God, so that you are found worthy and pleasing before Him. 

“Those who give generously will have a sufficient supply to continue to give.”

6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all Grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God (2 Corinthians 9). 

Give to the needs of others cheerfully and not begrudgingly. Those who give willingly will reap abundantly from God’s Grace. He makes all His Grace, not some, but all to abound to those who give willingly. Those who give generously will have a sufficient supply to continue to give. They will have an abundance from God to do every good work. Blessed are those who bless others from the manifold Grace of God’s supply. This is righteousness that endures forever: giving to the needs of others. 

God, Who supplies those who are cheerful givers, furnishes enough to meet their own needs and those of others. May He multiply our seed sown, so that our fruits of righteousness may increase. While we show compassion, we are enriched in other areas of our lives. We become grateful and content.  

Blessings are never out of reach for any of us. We reap what we sow, and invest what we are willing to give. Those who fear and trust in God will not be disappointed. If we keep God’s Ways, we and our children will inherit what God has for us. He is our source of joy, peace and eternal blessings. We must accept what He reveals about us, repent and be renewed in His Righteousness. We are more blessed when we become a conduit of His Grace to others. He will bless us with an abundance of seed to sow, for the benefit of others. As the Bride of Christ, we are preparing for His return, for an eternal union. We are blessed when we are found ready and clothed in righteousness. Our blessedness is eternal and will remain forever. So we live to praise God in all the days of our labor and existence. We are always exceeding blessed in His Presence.

“Blessed are those who remember what God has done.”

14 May The Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children. 15 May you be blessed by The Lord, Who made Heaven and Earth. 16 The Heaven, even the Heavens, are The Lord’s. But the Earth He has given to the children of men. 17 The dead do not praise The Lord, nor any who go down into silence. 18 But we will bless The Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Praise The Lord! (Psalm 115)

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