The Reading: Psalm 1:1-6
“Blessed is the man” (v1.) RSV
We are going to consider the whole of this short Psalm over the next few weeks. It will impart to us the secret of a fruitful and prosperous life, both here and hereafter. It is the perfect Psalm to introduce the other 149 Psalms; its sets us on the right footing. The Psalms have always been the prayer and worship book of God’s people, so let’s pause and delve into this first one.
“Blessed” is a wonderful description of what God offers the man or woman who follows Him. Although the RSV uses the word “man” that is a generic word that, like “mankind”, includes all people whatever their age or gender. Yet, in this case it is not referring to the human race as a whole, but to each individual.
“Blessed” does not mean “happy”. Happiness depends on what happens! Life will throw at us both pleasant and unpleasant circumstances.
The latter may make us feel unhappy. Blessedness is dependent on something much more consistent than circumstances. It comes from the consistent, loving and encouraging presence of God. The Holy Spirit who lives within all believers, causes us to exult or rejoice in our innermost being, in spite of the ups and downs of life.
St Paul was a great exponent of rejoicing in all circumstances. His letter to the Philippians, written whilst in prison, is shot through with the word ‘Rejoice’.
Forgive me, O Lord, when I spend my time grumbling; it shows such lack of faith. Help me to rejoice in all circumstances, and so bring glory to You. Amen.
1. What does Paul instruct us to do?
Philippians 2:18 and 4:4
2. Who are blessed according to Jesus?