Did you know that you can determine the measure of your own blessing? God is good and it’s His nature to bless us so that He may display His glory through us. God desires us to live a quality of life that has no other explanation but God Himself. As we do it attracts others to Him and gives us opportunity to share His life with them. You can live such a blessed life in 2014. Psalm 112 offers both a description of a blessed life and how we can live one this year. It’s called a “Hallelujah” Psalm which simply means “Praise the Lord.” Take a moment to meditate on this passage today. Note the characteristics of those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying His commands. Let them be descriptive of your life.
“Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying His commands. Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever. Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor. The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.”
The key to experiencing blessings on purpose is found in the first verse. “How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying His commands.” The only New Year’s resolution we really need to make to have a blessed life is to put God first in everything. Jesus put it like this in Matthew 6:33 (NIV) “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”