Blessing (Daily Encouragement)

Brian Sullivan   -  

The thread and key to Psalm 128 is God’s blessing. Happiness. It means receiving the benefits God bestows on his people. It is expressed contentment and fulfillment in one’s life. This is the life we have when we put our trust in Christ.

Blessing is the word that describes this happy state of affairs. Psalm 128 features the word. The psalm begins with three descriptive promises: “All you who fear GOD, how blessed you are!” “You . . . deserve all you’ve got coming.” “Enjoy the blessing! Revel in the goodness!” It concludes with three vigorous pronouncements: “Oh, how he blesses the one who fears GOD!” “Enjoy the good life in Jerusalem.” “Enjoy your grand-children.” Sandwiched between those promises and pronouncements is an illustration of blessing: “Your wife will bear children as a vine bears grapes, your household lush as a vineyard, the children around your table as fresh and promising as young olive shoots.”

That all adds up to a good life—a life that is bounded on one side by promises of blessing, on the other side by pronouncements of blessing, and that experiences blessings between those boundaries. The Bible is one long exposition of this blessing.  – Eugene Peterson

So today, enjoy the blessing. Revel in the goodness. Enjoy the good life with the God who has blessed you.