Happy or Blessed? (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 (torah) of the Lord,
and on his law (torah) he meditates day and night Psalm 1:1-2 ESV
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:12d ESV
What is it to be blessed? Is it to be happy? No, it is not, for happiness is a fleeting emotion like every other emotion. But being blessed is a real condition that exists apart from any emotion. To be blessed is to receive good and favorable things, most especially the ultimate good, that life-giving fellowship with our Maker both now and forevermore.
The two passages printed above give us the ultimate bases for being blessed. They occur at the beginning of Psalm 1 and the end of Psalm 2. Many commentators believe these two psalms are intended to act as the introduction to the entire collection of psalms. The “book-end” effect resulting from beginning the first with blessing and ending the second in the same way supports that idea.
So what are the two bases for blessing? First, If we are to experience all the good things our Creator wants to give to us, we must not only be familiar with God’s instruction manual for life, his Torah, his Word, we must take delight in knowing it and doing it. Our Designer has given us the manual for experiencing life at its best. Why are we surprised when, having ignored it, our lives fall apart?