1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. (Psalm 32:1-2 NKJV)
The psalm of David begins with the word “blessed” and that is the focus of our thoughts for the day.
First, this word should always awaken our attention because something important about our lives is being communicated to us. That is certainly the case here!
What does the word “blessed” mean? Some would translate and use the word “happy” but the word blessed has a richer meaning and has greater depth to it than simply happiness. Being blessed is not about feeling happy. To be blessed speaks to having a fullness and completeness in this life. Being blessed means by doing the prescribed actions, one will have an inner joy, peace, and happiness that goes beyond mere feelings and is greater than our physical circumstances. Simply stated, “Blessed is a state of being”.
Living blessed is to live free in this life and the next. God is not a God of limits. He is a God of freedom. Sin is limiting but through our faith in his mercy in Christ Jesus we trust Him to free us from sin.
This idea was evident in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:1-11) when Jesus preached that we are blessed when others insult us and persecute us. Obviously, insults and persecution do not bring immediate happiness. Happy would not be the right word here. Blessed, however, refers to the inner knowledge and joy of knowing we are suffering for the sake of the Lord (1 Pet 4:12-19), though we may not be happy while we endure the pain. This is a position of strength not a position of weakness or living as a victim to other’s wrong toward us and/or chained to consequences of bad decisions we or others make. It is a more than conqueror attitude…at it is powerful.
So the question for the day is do you want to be a “better” man or a “blessed” man. This might seem like a crazy question. It might seem that they are the same thing or somehow closely related. Well, being a better man is certainly a good thing and can be tied to being a blessed man. But the two words are different in this point…if I say I want to be a better man I imply somehow I can make that happen on my own…at least that is how I see it. If I say I want to be a blessed man, however, I recognized and proclaim the only way I can be anything is with my Heavenly Father and through my Savior Jesus Christ. That is the only way I can truly be the man those most important to me need to be.
David and Paul (Romans 4) both present the argument that being “blessed” is through our faith in God to forgive us and free us from the power of sin. We are then free to love others the way God loves them and in the way they need the most. Blessed is a state of being and position of strength built upon our Rock…Jesus Christ.
Even the world recognizes the importance of a “blessed man” even they don’t know that is what they are describing or looking for. When asked what a “good man” is…a woman responded: “A good man is not a nice man – he does not do things to be nice, he does things because he has a moral code, a set of values he prioritizes and will always do his best to make sure that his actions are in line with his own personal standards. A good man will not do the easy thing or the convenient thing, or even the thing that he wants to do; he will do what he knows to be the good thing.”
I believe the women in our lives are desperately looking for a “blessed” man…even when they don’t say that to us or make us feel that way. They are looking for a blessed man. They need a blessed man. Be a blessed man. Recognize the sin in your life…that against God and God alone you have sinned…and go to Him and make that right. Be a blessed man and people will see it. Be a blessed man and others will be blessed.