When I began this series on being blessed and what it means, I started with the definition of blessed. Being blessed is receiving a gift of divine favor, receiving good wishes or approval or receiving anything that gives happiness or prevents misfortune. Today’s scripture in Psalm 94:12 emphasizes the receiving of happiness and stopping of misfortune which results from being open to God’s instruction and discipline. Psalm 94:8-13 is a bit longer in the Amplified version, it brings clarity to the passage.
Consider thoughtfully, you senseless (stupid ones) among the people;
And you [dull-minded] fools, when will you become wise and understand?
He who made the ear, does He not hear?
He who formed the eye, does He not see?
He who instructs the nations,
Does He not rebuke and punish,
He who teaches man knowledge?
The Lord knows the thoughts of man,
That they are a mere breath (vain, empty, futile).
Blessed [with wisdom and prosperity] is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord,
And whom You teach from Your law,
That You may grant him [power to calm himself and find] peace in the days of adversity,
Until the pit is dug for the wicked and ungodly.
The psalmist asks us to consider God and what He has done and what He knows. God can and does bless the one who follows His teachings, accepts His correction and direction and pays attention to the details of His Word. The blessing comes when one follows God’s Word and finds God’s peace in the troubled times in which we live.
Have you experienced God’s blessing of wisdom and success in your life? Did the greatest blessings come when you followed His Word and walked with Him? Was it a peace-filled time even though the world’s circumstances were in turmoil around you? According to scripture, you have been blessed. The psalmist felt that way and finished this psalm in verses 23-24 with total dependence and trust in God and His power to defend and vanquish all his foes.
But the Lord has become my high tower and defense,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
He has turned back their own wickedness upon them
And will destroy them by means of their own evil;
The Lord our God will wipe them out.
May you cling to Jesus today and trust Him to bless, guide and defend you as you walk with Him.