The Blessed Man

August 17, 2019

The Blessed Man

By Russell George

In Psalm one we read about the blessed man. Who is he? First of all, we need to understand what it means to be blessed. He is one who is highly favored. He is a person that others look up to. Young people say, “I would like to be like him or her.” He or she is one who has made a success of life.

We also need to clarify the word “man,” lest women feel that they have been left out. It is a generic word. It includes the whole human race. It could be translated “blesses is the person.”

I want to be a blessed person. What do I need to do to be a blessed person? First of all verse one tells me what he doesn’t do. He doesn’t identify with the ungodly. He doesn’t take counsel from them. We shouldn’t be guilty of group think, but we do need to learn from others. We need to seek out the blessed people and learn from them. It isn’t possible to know many of them personally. As we look back in history there are many who were highly blessed. Many of them have written books, or books have been written about them. We can learn from them by reading those books.

We are influenced by those with whom we spend our time. For that reason, we should use discretion in choosing our friends. Prov. 13:20 says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Psalm 1:1 tells us that the blessed man is one who doesn’t spend time with the ungodly, sinners or the scornful. They are more apt to be a curse to us than a blessing.

In verse two we find the real key to this man’s blessedness. He delights in the law of the Lord. When we start meditating on the law of the Lord it leads us into many areas of life. It includes what we call the laws of nature. God put those laws in nature. There is day and night, summer and winter. People need oxygen. Plants need carbon dioxide. The human body functions by laws. We need to respect those laws if we expect to have good health. Scientists study and work with the laws of nature.

There is also the moral law of God that enables us to have good relationships. It is a law that doesn’t change. The blessed man needs to know what those laws are. They are found in the Bible. Not only do we need to know what they are, we also need to accept them and abide by them. They are the pathway to blessing. They enable the blessed man to prosper. I want to prosper. don’t you?

Prosperity is more than making money and increasing our material wealth. There are also just general laws of life. Many of them are found in the book of Proverbs. They enable us to succeed in what ever we do.

I have good reason for submitting to the law of the Lord. Among my reasons are:

1. Psalm 19:7 says “The law of the LORD is perfect.” There are few things I put my trust in that are perfect. I put my trust in my car. I get in my car to go somewhere. I trust that it will take me there and bring me back, but I never know when it may break down and leave me stranded along the road. That which is perfect has no defects. There is no way it can be improved. I can submit to the law of the Lord knowing without any doubt that it is the right thing to do. Everything God does is perfect. He makes no mistakes.

2. I can surrender to the law of the Lord with full assurance that it will enable me to be blessed. It will enable me to prosper.

3. My motivation for surrendering to the law of the Lord is based on who God is and what he has done for me. He loves me and wants the best for me. Romans 12:2 says that his will for me is perfect. He has saved me and transformed me. He has promised to give me a home in heaven and a glorified body. After all he has done for me, how can I do less than trust in his law?

Have you put your trust in the law of the Lord? If you have some fear or hesitation, you just need to meditate on the law of the Lord. I can assure you that you will never regret having trusted in the law of the Lord.

There is a branch of learning called sociology. It is the study of social relationships. People seek advice from sociologists as to how to solve social problems. They are almost certain to recommend that people be sent to prison as punishment for certain crimes. Sociologists are needed, and they most often give good advice, but they can’t hold a candle to the solution for social problems that God’s people can give.

We can ask people to open the Bible and give serious consideration to the six verses found in Psalm one. Governments make and enforce laws against crime. The fact that that our prisons are full of criminals testifies to the fact that human law is limited in its ability to mitigate against crime.

What people need is a change within. When people surrender their life to God he brings about a transformation in their heart, mind and life. Ezekiel 36:26-27 says. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”

Christians have the solution for the social problems in our society. Genuine Christians are a blessing to society and not a burden. Rarely do they commit crimes. They are much more apt to have a solid marriage and a happy home. They are like the tree mentioned in Psalm 1:3. “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Christians need to be burdened to pray for revival. They also need to be diligent in preaching the gospel. That preaching isn’t just for pastors. All of us need to be faithful in doing our part. We can have the joy of seeing people being transformed and becoming the blessed people spoken of in Psalm one. The law of the Lord isn’t just the “thou shalt nots.” It also includes the “go and do.” Make your life count. Submit to the law of the Lord. You too can be a blessed man.

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