Do You Want to be Blessed?
Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.
Many blessings are available to us. We don’t pick and choose which of His commandments we will follow though. God’s ways never change. His precepts are the same today as they were yesterday. When we adapt, follow, and trust His will by letting it become our will, then you will see blessing upon blessing on your life.
Verse 2 – His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Verse 3 – Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
You know why our righteousness endures forever? Because our righteousness is not of ourselves; it comes from Christ alone, and that’s why it endures for all time. (I like the wealth and riches part being in my house, don’t you?)
Verse 4 – Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; he is full of compassion, and righteousness.
Verse 5 – A good man deals graciously and lends; he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Verse 6 – Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
A generous person will be remembered for his giving to others, just as a stingy person will be remembered as being self-absorbed in only themselves. However, those who know who their true source is, will be considered upright in their ways.
Verse 7 – He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
(Keep reading. These are the characteristics an upright person follows.)
Verse 8 – His heart is established ; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
Verse 9 – He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn will be exalted with honor.
These verses cannot only be said of Christ, but His followers. Are we not to be “Christ like” as Christians?
Verse 10 – The wicked will see it and be grieved; he will gnash his teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked shall perish.
You know , a person has to be pretty angry or jealous to gnash his teeth together.
There are several references to “gnashing of teeth” in the Bible. In Luke Jesus is talking about people who pretend to know Him, but He doesn’t know them. Luke 13:28 – There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.
He’s talking about hell, but look who they see while in hell. Part of the punishment for not coming to Christ, I believe, will be all those that go there will be able to see the saints, living with our King and that’s why they gnash their teeth. Why do I believe that? Because of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. (Read Luke 16:19-31)
Did you notice the rich man isn’t named? Why, because “all his desires” and he himself is not remembered. When the rich man and Lazarus both died, the rich man could see Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom being comforted. Then Abraham said to the rich man in verse 26, ‘And besides all this between us and you there is a great gulf fixed; so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor those from there pass to us.’
So don’t go there! Hell was not created for anyone except Satan and his angels. Make the right choice while you still can and for goodness sake, don’t be a pretender. Your only fooling yourself.