One of the most used Christian greetings is: “How are you today?” and the individual replies “I am blessed”. Sometimes we say it because we really mean it and sometimes because it’s just the Christian thing to do. But what does it really mean to be blessed? How do you know if you are really blessed. The first few verses of Psalm 1 offer us five traits of someone who is blessed.
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. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1: 1-3)
The blessed woman is trying to live a life that is pleasing to God. She knows what her Father hates and does her best to stay away from those activities. She chooses her friendships wisely because she believes that birds of a feather flock together. She does not want to be associated with gossipers, slanderers, and those that are notorious for giving bad advice. She only wants positive vibes and positive energy in her inner circle.
The blessed woman is one who loves to sit at the foot of the Father. She knows that the Word of God is full of so much wisdom and she is hungry to grow. Her bible brings her happiness. She doesn’t just read it if she has a spare moment. She intentionally sets aside time out of her day to read the Word. Her day feels incomplete and unproductive without her personal time of prayer and devotion. She does not chase the pleasures of this world because she is content with the pleasure she finds in the Word of God.
The blessed woman doesn’t just enjoy reading God’s word but she makes an effort to meditate on it. It’s her first thought when she wakes up and her last thought before she goes to sleep. Throughout the day she is pondering on a scripture and applying it through her day. She is so full of the Word of God that it becomes a part of her daily speech. She speaks the heart of the Father and those that come in contact with her can feel it.
The blessed woman is always bearing fruit. Each season is her season because there is never a day that goes by when she is not blessed. Yes, she is blessed with earthly riches. She has a great family. Or a successful career. Or a blooming business. But even when she faces a season with no physical fruit she knows that in those times God is still growing in her the Fruit of the Spirit. In seasons when she is looking for work, God is producing patience in her. In seasons of struggle in her marriage, God is giving her a gentle spirit. When those around her may be attacking her, she develops more love and self-control. The blessed woman is always growing. She is always bearing fruit.
The blessed woman knows that everything she does will be successful. She does not start a project thinking that she will fail. Whatever she touches turns to gold. It’s not because of anything she does. In her own strength all of her plans fail. She possess an “I can do all things through Christ” mentality. She knows that her daily successes come from God and God alone. She makes it a habit to credit all of her success to Him.
My prayer for you is that no matter what may be happening in your life you can always say with confidence, “I am blessed”.