Happy or Blessed? (2)
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 (torah) of the Lord,
and on his law (torah) he meditates day and night Psalm 1:1-2 ESV
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:12 ESV
Last week we talked about the first basis for being in a blessed condition. It is to know and delight in God’s instruction manual, his torah. But alongside that one there is a second, one that is introduced in the second Psalm. That is a proper relationship to Yahweh’s anointed king, his Messiah. Why don’t we instinctively turn to God’s Word for guidance for living and instead turn to the wicked, the sinners, and the scoffers? It is because of the fundamental strain of rebellion found in all of Adam and Eve’s children. WE will be kings of our lives.
But that way is not the way of blessing; it is the way of disaster, as humans have proven ever since the third chapter of Genesis. So, if we are to be blessed, what must happen, according to Psalm 2? We must recognize our rebellious character, and recognizing it, turn from it by willingly allowing another King, God’s Chosen, to take control of us. But notice how the verse ends. It takes us beyond mere submission to the King who is justly angry at our rebellion, and instead invites us to crawl up into his arms and take refuge in that gracious love revealed in his Cross. There is blessing.
Can we be blessed and unhappy at the same time? Of course! All of us experience circumstances that are unpleasant and grievous. To put a mask of happiness on our faces in such occasions is simply to live a lie. But if we have been delighting to live in God’s instructions and are hiding in the arms of Jesus, we are blessed, because we have resources in his word and his presence to meet those circumstances and triumph through them.