Want to live a truly happy, blessed life?
The Psalms help show us the way.
Blessed is the one who delights in God’s Word, meditating on it day and night. Blessed is the one who walks in the way of righteousness (Psalm 1).
Blessed is the one who take refuge in God (Psalms 2 and 34).
Blessed is the one whose sins are forgiven, whose sins are covered by God, and whose sins God does not count against them (Psalm 32).
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD (Psalm 40).
Psalm 41 gives us another requirement for a blessed life.
Blessed is the one who considers the poor, who has regard for the weak, who defends the powerless.
David records how those who are kind to the poor are blessed in Psalm 41. In times of trouble, God delivers them, protects them, blesses them, sustains them and restores them from illness.
Blessed is the one who considers the poor!
In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessed in the land;
you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health. (v. 1-3 ESV)
David goes on in Psalm 41 to confess his sins. He asks God for mercy, healing, and deliverance from the betrayal of enemies and a close friend.
As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you!” (v. 4 ESV)
Psalm 41 closes with a blessing for the LORD.
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen. (v. 13 ESV)
Want to live a blessed life?
Delight in God’s Word. Meditate on it day and night.
Take refuge in God. Seek His protection.
Ask God to forgive and cover your sins.
Trust in the Lord.
Take care of the poor.
Bless the Lord always.
The blessed can ask God for deliverance, protection, healing, restoration, forgiveness, and mercy.
What do you need today?
Father, thank you for Your Word. Help me to meditate on what the Psalms say about living a blessed life. I know I have sinned against you; forgive me. I place my trust in You. Show me how I can take care of the poor. You are worthy of my praise forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.