#blessed: Lesson 4
We are knee deep in our study of blessedness, and I am so excited to shift gears this week and begin studying Psalm 1:1-3!
Last week we learned that esher and makarios blessedness can be described as a state of happiness or contentment which is had regardless of circumstances due to an understanding of our divinely favored (blessed) well-being.
Esher is the word used to open the passage in the Psalm we’re studying, and today we’re going to start with the first verse. This is truly where my study on blessedness began:
Blessed [how happy!] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. (Psalm 1:1, NIV)
Okay, let’s acknowledge something right up front: “do not’s” are NOT super popular in today’s culture.
In fact, Christianity itself is first and foremost about the pursuit of a relationship with our Creator. When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment, He answered like this:
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40, NIV)
When we love God with all we are, then He has the freedom to work within our heart, soul, and mind to make us into the person He created us to be. So although Christianity is not about obsessing over a list of “do’s and don’ts,” we must not fail to acknowledge that when we enter into a relationship with God, our "do’s and don’ts” should naturally change as we change:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2, BSB)
In an era of trending cultural “morality,” it is more important than ever to KNOW God if we want to know truth. Through relationship with God, He teaches us to discern what is His good, pleasing, and perfect will.
We should never be so stubbornly settled into our opinions and ideals that we shut them off from being changed, shifted, or spoken into by God; for God is the AUTHOR of morality.
On the contrary, our prayer should continuously be like David:
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139: 23-24, NIV)
Let’s look at Psalm 1:1 again:
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. (Psalm 1:1, NIV)
I don’t know about you, but I want to know what this person does not do because I want as much blessedness on this side of Heaven as I can get!