We all want to be blessed. We want a bright future. We want something worth living for. We want security. We want hope. We want strength in life. Where will we get that? How do we obtain that? What should we do? Who is truly blessed?
Satan wants us to seek the answer to these things in the sinful pleasures of the world. But God reveals to us that sin leads to death and eternal punishment, not blessedness. God also shows us that true blessedness only comes through righteousness.
Look what the psalmist wrote in Psalm 1.
“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” (1:1-2). We will be blessed when we don’t follow the paths of sin. It is a blessing to follow the way of God. The way of righteousness. We are to delight in the law of the Lord and obey His commands.
Look at the result of living in righteousness: “He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away” (1:3-4). Strength comes from living God’s way. We will have hope, life, security. The wicked will not last. The wicked have no good future.
The psalmist reveals to us that “the wicked will 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 wicked will perish” (1:5-6). True blessedness is to be blessed by the Lord with the hope of eternal life. Sin leads to punishment. Sin leads to Hell. But righteousness leads to eternal blessings.
Which path are you following? The path of sin? Or the path of righteousness? True blessings only come from living for the Lord. No other way. Follow God. Be blessed with spiritual blessings in Christ. Don’t follow after Satan and sin.