Today we will seek to answer the question “Why was the righteous considered blessed according to Psalm one?” Because as we open the book of Psalm one, this is the first question we are greeted with. And there is no doubt, we know what a blessing is because it is to receive something of value or something that will enrich our lives.
Although we know what a blessing is, when we look at God’s blessing from the perspective of the bible, most of us are confused. According to Psalm one and what we believe, it seems to suggest the righteous in this Psalm has already received his blessing because he avoided or is avoiding the counsel of the ungodly.
You are right, the righteous according to faith has already received his blessing. We are to understand that this blessing according to Psalm one is something the righteous received or will receive for doing something practical leading up to the end of the season so that he came into the fullness of God’s blessing.
I will say that again, we are to understand according to Psalm one, the blessing of the righteous is something he will receive for doing something practical leading up to the end of the season. Because as we live our lives in hope of the future, we are living by faith and trusting our Lord hoping to one day enter his kingdom at the end of the world.
So, although we agree the righteous has already received his blessing, it is only by faith he has received it, and what we are not saying, is that he has come into the physical possession of his blessing. It is at the end of the season he will be rewarded for his faith in Christ.
Proverbs 8:34-36 “Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whosoever finds me finds life and shall obtain favor of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongs his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”
Reading Proverbs 8:34-36, we are to know the righteous did not come into his blessing while avoiding the counsel of the ungodly as he was going through the season leading up to the Lord’s return. Instead, we are to know he endured the season until the end. He was waiting daily at the gates of the Lord because at any moment in time, leading up to the end of the season, he might have bent under the pressures of the ungodly. Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Now, I hope we had taken note, Proverbs 8:34-36 is speaking about the patient man, it said, “Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” And with this knowledge, it should now be clear, according to Psalm one, the righteous are blessed for enduring until the end; so that we might understand to be blessed is to come to the end of faith when we will physically realize our faith in Jesus Christ.
As we read Psalm one, we are not to get the impression we are to somehow try and keep God’s law as in the law of Moses as a means of avoiding the counsel of the ungodly, because what we are dealing with when it comes to Psalm one is the reality of a coming judgment we are to be preparing for.
We are not to expect to receive God’s blessing for doing something righteous according to human righteousness. According to the scripture, we are sinners redeemed unto Christ, therefore, what we once thought to be righteous could not have qualified us for God’s blessing. Instead, Christ came, and by coming into the world, he made way for us to escape God’s wrath against the sinful.
Revelation 3:5-6 “He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in a white garment, and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
What the spirit is saying unto the Church of God, is that we are to be preparing for the return of Jesus Christ because the reason the righteous are considered blessed it’s because of his patience and preparedness when it comes to the revelation of Christ.
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