by Bill Denton
"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. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers" (Ps. 1:1-3 nav).
"There is a Christian life, which, in comparison with that experienced by the majority of Christians, is as summer to winter, or as the mature fruitfulness of a golden autumn to the struggling promise of a cold and late spring. It is such a life as Caleb might have lived in Hebron, the city of fellowship; or the Apostle John was living when he wrote his epistles. It may be fitly termed the Blessed Life" (F. B. Meyer).
We'd like to believe that F. B. Meyer is right, along with the psalmist. The idea of being blessed with a life that is firmly planted, unwavering, secure, and sure is one of man's common dreams for his existence. Too often, however, life seems anything but blessed. About the time we think things have settled down, along comes another problem, crisis, disappointment, or other wrench in the works.
On closer examination, however, neither Meyer nor the psalmist says anything about a trouble-free life, unadorned with the garland of heartaches and trials. I know that the psalmist David was a blessed man, but his life was filled with all sorts of difficulties. The Apostle Paul considered himself to be a blessed man, yet he was persecuted and suffered much for the cause of Christ. Is it possible then, that such blessedness is attainable in spite of trials and tribulations?
The answer to that is a resounding "Yes!" There is not time or space here for anything of depth on the matter, but let me point you in the right direction. It has to do with faith. It has to do with believing in, trusting, depending upon, the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. It is knowing for sure that one's sins are washed away in Jesus' blood. It is resting comfortably in the hollow of God's hand, protected from the misery and hopelessness endured by an unbelieving world. It is confidence that there is something more, better, permanent awaiting us in heaven. It is awareness of who we are as a people for God's own possession. It is the result of grace, mercy, redemption, salvation, sanctification and all the other magnificent blessings lavished upon us by our God. It is knowing what the most important things are, and pursuing them instead of the wasteful junk of the world. It is peace, contentment, harmony, love and a satisfaction of the spirit that most people will never understand.
Blessed? How I hope you're not missing it!
Reprinted with permission