Hello everyone, and welcome back to our podcast series on the book of Psalm one titled “Preparing for the Season. “And in today’s podcast titled “Blessed is the Man.” The question we will seek to answer is “What does it mean to be blessed?”
Now, for most of us, I understand, 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. But when we look at God’s blessing from the perspective of the bible, most of us are lost and are unmotivated to move forward in the will of God for our lives because we don’t know how to take advantage of the blessings God has in store for us.
Now, you may ask me why I am saying these things, and to explain, it’s because of the wealth of blessings that are laying out in the open for us to take advantage of, but because we simply don’t understand how to claim the blessings of the bible we are lost on this subject.
But as we review Psalm one, we read this amazing verse regarding the righteous, and what it has revealed in addition to what we already know about being blessed or receiving a blessing, is that a blessing is also the end result of some form of action taken on our part as in the case of this righteous man in Psalm one.
Verse one of Psalm one reads, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” And what we can see clearly from the example of the blessed man is that the righteous are considered blessed because he is taking some form of action to avoid the counsel of the ungodly.
However, understanding that the righteous are considered blessed because of his actions, it is to be understood the blessing of the righteous is the end result of what they do in obedience to the word or law of God, and that is why as we read Psalm one, we can see a big difference between the righteous and the man given the title the ungodly.
So, as we read Psalm one, the first thing we should consider as we look at the verse is what does it mean to be blessed according to the bible because as we come to understand what it means to be blessed, we will then be able to uncover the message of the Psalm and why the end result for both men in the Psalm was so different.
And as we learn what it means to be blessed or receive a blessing, it might help us understand what we will need to do to inherit the same end result as the righteous man in this Psalm. Because if we were to look closely at the scripture and message of the Psalmist, we will realize the full story of the Psalm is that we as a people will need to prepare for what is about to emerge in this world as God moves to establish his global empire on the earth.
James 2:18-20 reads, “A man may say, thou hast faith, and I have works shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God; You do well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? And comparing the words of James to the message found on the pages of Psalm one, it is clear, the righteous is said to be blessed because of his actions to have avoided the counsel of the ungodly, and it was not because he sat passively by after coming to understand he will need to avoid the counsel of the ungodly. Instead, he is said to be blessed because he acted on the law of God.
However, to avoid the counsel of the ungodly, the righteous man needed to know what it was, but once he discovered what they were, he acted against the counsel of the ungodly in making arrangements to stand up against those counsels.
And because he had come to discover that the counsel of the ungodly was vain and will lead to their destruction. And because he knew the ungodly will not surrender his plans to go after his vain counsel, the righteous are considered blessed because by preparing himself, he survived God’s response to the counsel of the ungodly.
Genesis 11:2-4 “And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had them for mortar. And they said, go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Thank you for joining us today, and we hope you will join us again next time as we continue on our journey through Psalm chapter one. And remember to subscribe to our podcast and show your support for this ministry… Thank you and may God bless and keep you in good health and his grace.