What are blessings? Is everyone entitled to receive blessings? Showers of blessings from above, promises of love, and seasons of refreshing. A few of the words are included in a song entitled “Showers of Blessings” by D. W. Whittle aka Daniel Webster. The song, referred to as a hymn, is based on Ezekiel 34:26-27.
The Bible says quite a bit about blessings. Many of those passages instruct us to Bless the Lord. Why do you think God instructs us to bless Him?
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”Psalm 103: 1-5
In this passage alone it repeats twice that we should Bless the Lord. Repeating something is emphasizing its importance. Hence, it is to our benefit to comply and follow as instructed. What benefits do we receive from blessing the Lord? First off, what does it mean? To Bless the Lord basically means to praise, exalt, and worship Him. It is coming humbly before the Lord God and recognize His great richness, strength, and graciousness. We are to speak admirably of the Lord. Praise and Honor Him for His greatness and goodness.
I won’t go into all the benefits the Lord graciously give to us, but I will list a few of the here.
- The Blessing of Abraham – We shall prosper, and we shall be a blessing.
- The Power to Get Wealth – To be a blessing to others.
- The Blessing of the Lord
- Wisdom – All we need to do is Ask.
- Prayer – ability to talk with God.
Thus, we see The Lord receives blessing, but who else is able to receive a blessing. In Matthew 5: 3-10, it lists various people who shall receive blessings.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit –
- Blessed are those who mourn
- Blessed are the meek
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
- Blessed are the merciful
- Blessed are the pure in heart
- Blessed are the peacemakers
- Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness
- Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and speak unkind statements against you which are absolutely false.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, what does it mean? Does it refer to material poverty or to spiritual poverty? It is referring to our spiritual state. When we are poor in spirit, we recognize and understand that nothing we have is of any value, we have nothing to offer Him. Only Jesus Christ can make us worthy in God’s eyes.
Blessed are those who mourn, who does this refer to? Does this refer to those who grieve the loss of a loved one, or a friend? Though these are causes we may suffer deep emotional sadness, it is actually referring to our mourning our sin, our attitude toward sin, our realizing our need for repentance and forgiveness. When we feel sorry and terrible about sinning, then He will comfort us.
We will pick up with Blessed are the meek next time, so stay turned for further insights. God bless. Be a blessing to others. Thank you! I appreciate y’all.
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