The Principles of the Blessed Man
There are at least 9 life-changing principles for the blessed man found in the Bible. Each principle characterizes someone God is blessing. This short study will help you see how to become the blessed man.
If you or someone you know is struggling as a Christian, the blessing of God will counteract that. If you or someone you know struggles with depression, the blessing of God is the antidote. God’s blessing produces the greatest happiness. Where happiness is lacking, it’s because some or all of the principles of the blessed man are missing.
#1 They Believe in the Resurrection
Believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the first characteristic of the blessed man. While the others may not have a particular order, this must be first. Everything Christian starts with salvation. God promises salvation to anyone who believes in the heart, that He has raised His Son Jesus Christ from the dead (Romans 10:9).
Jesus said in the Gospel of John that whoever believes in His resurrection is blest.
John 20:29: Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Thomas was one of the original twelve chosen by Jesus to be His disciples. He was a devoted follower of Christ, but he was not the first to see the Lord after His resurrection. Wherefore, he doubted. When Jesus Christ appeared to him, he immediately believed and worshiped Him. The words of the Saviour Himself are noted above, and they prove that whoever believes in His resurrection is among the blessed.
#2 They Stay in Church & Praise God
Psalms 84 describes an individual that longs to be in the presence of God. This chapter of the Bible mentions several facts about the blessed man. The first fact is a blest individual dwells in God’s House.
Psalms 84:4: Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
Most churches in America have at least two days of worship with split times. Christians who forsake these times will not experience the same level of happiness as someone who doesn’t.
Any Christian close to the Lord should have the zeal of Jesus Christ to be in church worshipping God…
Going to church is good but staying in church is better.
Many people say they go to church because they attend one service a week, which is better than nothing. However, one service a week is not enough to be among the blessed that dwell in God’s House—in my opinion. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house means more than to go when it’s convenient. It means to continuously be there, and it suggests getting involved.
It brings great honor to God when we participate in a church service. One way to participate is to praise God with our lips. This is done through continual exaltation of God.
God wants us to desire to be in church, and He wants us to ever praise Him.
#3 They Mourn
The more time we spend in church, the more relationships we will establish. This means we will share burdens while having our own.
Matthew 5:4: Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
There will be times when you mourn over death. There may be times when you mourn over a rebellious child. We all have reason to mourn in various seasons of life. This is a good thing, for our Saviour promises comfort and blessing.
#4 They Draw Strength from God & His Righteousness Is in Their Hearts
Going back to Psalms 84, we see that the blessed man does not operate in his own strength. We also see that God’s ways are in his heart.
Psalm 84:5: Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
We believe in exercising to stay in good health, but in regards to life and divine happiness, “bodily exercise profiteth little” (1 Timothy 4:8).
The blessed man draws his strength from God. God is a spirit, so our strength must be found in the Spirit. The words of the prophet Zechariah attest to this truth, saying, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” When we find our strength in God, we find it in His Spirit.
Christians do not enjoy the blessings of God’s strength by walking in the flesh. The reason is because God’s righteousness does not abound in their hearts.
#5 They Trust in God
Finishing up Psalms 84, we see that the blessed man trusts in God.
Psalm 84:12: ¶O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee
It’s absolutely imperative for a Christian to trust in God. There is no way to please Him without faith (Hebrews 11:6). The life of a Believer should exemplify a life of faith.
A part of believing in Him is acknowledging Him. It’s been said that God’s people should acknowledge Him in every season of life. However, there is a tendency to only want His involvement when things are bad. The blessed man acknowledges God always, and he puts full confidence in Him.
Psalm 34:8: O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
#6 They Hope in God
You cannot expect to become the blessed man by doubting God. We don’t always know how God is going to help us, but we have to trust Him and hope for His best.
Jeremiah 17:7: Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
Not every circumstance is going to work out good in our eyes, because sometimes God has to chasten us for not obeying or seeking after Him. Why should God bless someone who doesn’t really care about him?
Hoping in God is expecting Him to keep His word to us. God promises certain things to Believers that give reason to hope. One promise is that all things will work out for good to those who love Him and are saved.
#7 They Reverence God
Many “Christians” do not really reverence God. They see Him as a Being uninvolved in our lives. God is involved however, and is taking note of our every moment. For He knows our thoughts, motives, and intentions. The Lord sees our actions and hears our words. And He knows our deepest secrets and desires. In fact, He knows us better than we know ourselves!
Psalm 112:1: Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
The blessed man fears God. In other words, he is afraid of not doing His will. He has a deep respect for God that drives him to obedience and conformity to righteousness.
The blessed man delights greatly in God’s commandments. He doesn’t delight somewhat or a little in God’s commandments; he doesn’t choose certain ones to obey.
One way to spot the blessed man is in his strict adherence to God’s command. You should never hear this type of man complain about doing right. And you should never hear the blessed man mock those who are trying to do right. This negativity insults God and comes from a lack of reverence.
$8 They Listen to Preaching
There was a time when a woman yelled out to Jesus blessing His mother, but, the Lord not denying that Mary was blest, made a statement that suggests a greater truth.
Luke 11:27-28: And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. 28) But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Good preaching is hard to find, even though there is hours upon hours of it across the web. I recommend preachers who use a lot of Scripture and preach heavy on Bible truth. However, even the best preachers do not hold the same authority as the anointing of God’s Spirit. In other words, it’s important for Believers to learn how to hear the voice of God.
The blessed man hears the Word of God and keeps it. He listens to the preacher, and he obeys the Spirit’s call to do righteousness.
There is a principle hidden here in keeping the Word of God. Obedience to God’s Word will develop good godly habits. The more we obey, the easier it will become. The reason is because God will do an amazing work of transformation, making us more like Jesus.
Obedience to the Word of God will also unfold many life-changing truths. If we do not hear and keep God’s Word, our ability to apply appropriate truth to certain occasions will be hindered.
#9 They Endure Temptation
Temptation can become very stressful to handle. We have a promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that God will not allow you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
When the Bible speaks of enduring temptation, it means much more than struggling not to succumb…
James 1:12: Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
The word endureth in James 1:12 caries the idea of remaining the same while undergoing temptation to change. We all have our own temptations, but we shouldn’t allow them to alter our walk with God.
The Bible promises a crown to those who endure temptation. This crown is for those who have gotten the victory over the temptation; it’s a crown of victory.
The blessed man is a tried man. He has endured many temptations. This man also has the experience and knowledge to help others receive the crown of victory.
There are no doubt other principles found in the Bible for the blessed man. For example, Psalms 1 talks about the blessed man who doesn’t get counsel from the ungodly, etc.
You can also look at Scriptures that describe a happy individual like Job 5:17 and Psalms 127:5. Job refers to a man that is corrected by God, and the Psalmists refers to a man with several children. Yes, ladies, Christian men with a full quiver are the happiest…
Every principle mentioned in the Holy Bible describing the blessed man has life-changing power. These principles are clearly meant for everyone to observe.
God wants us to be saved, be faithful to His House, praise Him always, mourn, draw strength from Him, keep His ways in our hearts, trust Him, hope in Him, reverence Him, be conformed to His Word, and endure temptation.
We’ve just scratched the surface of the blessed man; I hope that you will continue looking and growing in your pursuit of God’s blessings. He wants to bless each of us, and does, but there is extra blessing that He wants to pour out on our lives too. If you practice these principles above, you will no doubt experience those.