Where is the Blessing?

Psalm 1:1-2:

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night (NIV).

When Jesus rules our hearts, this Christian walk is not something we do a few times a day, here and there, as time permits. It is not something we do for a little while each day, take a break from, and then go back to "normal" life. Instead, Jesus is life! His Spirit flows from the inside of us and an outward flowing of Jesus and his Word is what consumes us. It is not a habit or a hobby, it is our being, our very existence. When Jesus rules the heart, you can't help but to praise him and lift up his name and keep his Words on your lips! It is truly a life of glory- Glory that is given to God with every breath and every thought. This is where the blessing is. The blessing doesn't come from playing church once a week then going about our business as if we've left God behind when we leave the church building. The blessing isn't in a three day revival where we say "Thank you Jesus, but it's time to get back to life and ordinary living". No! Where is the blessing? Where there is delight in the law of the Lord. Where there is continual praise and worship and thanksgiving. This is where the blessing is! Someone might say, "I'll praise God when He blesses me". You'll never get blessed! When you start praising and worshiping and thanking and giving glory and honor to God, then He will bless you! This attitude of constant praise and worship is the result when we delight in the Lord's Word and we read it and we study it and we reflect on it and we put it into action, then we will begin to see the Lord's blessings poured out into our lives! God doesn't want you to praise Him for what He can do, He wants you to praise Him for Who He is! Praise Him when you don't feel like praising. Praise Him when things aren't going like you planned. Praise Him in your trials. Praise Him in your challenges. "I will praise him at all times" the psalter says (Psalm 34:1). This is where the blessing is!

Consider Job. He had lost everything: all his wealth, all his children, his home, his livestock, his health. His wife said "Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die". In other words she was saying, "Are you crazy? After all you have been through and you're still praising God. You must be a fanatic". Has anyone ever told you that? Has anyone ever called you a fanatic, a Jesus freak? I think it's funny how when people talk about what favorite sports team they like they say "I'm a fan". But when they talk about someone who serves the Lord at all costs no matter the situation, they use the entire word- "fanatic". I'm a fanatic! He's been too good for too long! I don't care what trial or what test I'm going through, I will praise the Lord at all times!  This is where the blessing is! When we give God glory and praise no matter our circumstances, when we humble ourselves before Him and refuse to accept all the enemy has put on us, then we start to make our way into the blessing. 1 Samuel 2:30 says "Those who honor me I will honor" (NIV). Are you honoring Him today no matter your situation?
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