#blessed: Lesson 5
We’re nearing the end of our study on blessedness, and it’s been so much more than I anticipated!
The last two weeks we’ve studied esher and makarios blessedness - a state of happiness that is had in spite of circumstances due to an understanding of our divinely favored (blessed) well-being. We’ve learned that this type of blessedness is not had by every person.
Last week we studied in detail what the esher blessed person does not do, so today we’re going to contrast what this person does do. There is so much to uncover this week, so let’s jump right into it!
We’ll start by looking at verse 2 from the passage in Psalm we’ve been studying:
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:2, NIV)
Since the his in the first part of this verse is the blessed man we’ve been talking about, then according to the definition of the word blessed this verse could say,
How happy is the man whose delight is in the law of the LORD…
Let’s start by determining the meaning of the word law here. This is the Hebrew word torah, which in this passage refers to God’s instructions, directions, and customs or manners of living, all of which are found in the Word of God, the Bible.
This blessed person delights in (takes pleasure in and desires) God’s Word, along with all the instructions, directions, and manners of living contained in it. Thus, he continually (day and night) thinks on these things. Once again, just as we discussed last week, this is a mindset!
Blessedness stems from a mind set on the Word of God.
This person is seeking out the principles found in God’s Word, thinking on them, and disciplining his thoughts to line up with them - all with God’s help of course.
Remember the verse we looked at last week in Romans 12:2 that says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
I want you to catch something else in that verse. The verse does not say “transform yourself” by the renewing of your mind. It says be transformed. Just as we’ve discussed over the past few weeks, it is not our responsibility to do the transforming. God will do it - we just have to do our part.
So what is our part?
We talked last week about the fact that we have a real enemy with a real agenda. But we also have real weapons and a God that is far more powerful than our enemy:
The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, BSB)