Blessed Through a Portrait of a Blessed Man
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
What does a blessed man look like? What does a blessed woman look like? Can we recognize a blessedperson when we see one? Would we know if we were in the company of a blessed person? Do we know if weare blessed? We don't really know a person until we find out what that person is like.That's why God gives us so many parables describing Himself when He says what the kingdom of heavenis like.Matthew 25:14(KJV) says,
"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods."
"The kingdom of heaven is like a shepherd that leaves the ninety-nine and goes to look for the one that is lost."
"The kingdom of heaven is like a woman who has ten coins and loses one then searches the house diligently for it."
"The kingdom of heaven is like a father with two sons, one a prodigal and one an elder son."
God wants us to know what a blessed person is like and so God, through the psalmist, paints a picture of ablessed man. We cannot really be blessed until we know what a blessed person is like. We need a model of whatever we're striving to be. If we are trying to be a basketball player, we need a Michael Jordan for ourmodel. The word "blessed" here means to be happy. Without question, God is saying "happy is the man." So,a blessed person looks happy.
A Picture from Which to Choose
The psalmist paints a picture of a double image. The psalmist seems to be gifted with trick photography,modern split image technology because he puts two pictures on the screen: one of a blessed man and one of aman that is not blessed; one of a happy man and one of an unhappy man; one of a good man and one of awicked man. The good man is blessed, but the ungodly is not. The ungodly are like chaff driven away by thewind. Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. The righteous shallprosper, but the unrighteous shall perish. The choice is ours. Many of us are not blessed because we'rewalking on the wrong side of the road. We took the wrong exit off life's highway. The blessing exit was thenext exit down the road. We need to turn around on life's highway and go back and take the next exit marked111—one for the Father, one for the Son, and one for the Holy Ghost. The choice is ours.
Get on the Good Foot
We're not happy and blessed because we're out of step with God. God is calling cadence on the right footbut we're keeping time on the left foot. God is saying, "Right foot, right foot, right foot," and we're saying,"Left foot, left foot, left foot." We're out of step. God is saying, "Good foot, good foot, good foot," and we'resaying, "Wrong foot, wrong foot, wrong foot." However, God is calling us to get on the good foot. If we'reout of step, then skip, turn right, and go straight. God wants those of us who are on the wrong foot to get onthe good foot, skip, turn right, and go straight.
Color Him Blessed