Blessed is the Man…

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Friday Night Devotional by Daniel Stevens, 2/12/16

What is the happy life? It’s a question raised by philosophers and theologians, economists and politicians. And really, it’s a question that everyone tries to answer. The major you pick, the job you pursue, the relationships you form – all of it is an attempt to find the happy life. All of it is an attempt to find what the right combination of things in this world is so that you can be happy.

But what does Scripture say the happy life is? What, in the words of God, makes for a happy human life?

The beginning of the Psalms, a book that carries us through the whole range of human emotions, provides us with an answer to this question. In the very first psalm, we find, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

This is God’s declaration of blessing. This is who God says is blessed. And here, it may be helpful to know that the world used for “blessed” in Hebrew really just means “happy.” So what is the happy life? What is the life that God tells us leads to happiness?

It is the life that delights in and meditates on the Word of God.

Is this what you expected? Is this where you ever would have turned? God gives us instructions on how to live the life that is truly happy. And he says it is read the Word and meditate on the Word. The life filled, transformed, led, shaped, and strengthened by the Word of God is the life that is rightly enjoyed.

This man, this woman is blessed, and no other; only this person is truly happy – it is the one who delights in and meditates on the Word of the Lord.

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