We all want to live blessed lives and experience the promises and blessings of God. I want to revise that are free from sickness in disease, our relationships are thriving, money isn’t a struggle, debts and bills are paid, and we are blessing others. Many believers struggle with how to get a hold of these blessings. In the Bible, God gives us the key over and over again, to unlocking his lessons. That he, is the phrase, is, delight yourself in the Lord. Psalm 112:1 says it this way, “ Blessed is the man who fears the Lord who delights greatly in his commandments.
If you’re waiting for God to bless you, below are six keys to delighting yourself in the Lord that will help you unlock the blessing in your life.
1. Realize that God is the source of our blessing
Hopefully by now you’ve figured out that God isn’t some Santa Claus and this guy who comes down your company. I need you exactly what you want under the tree. He isn’t a genie in a bottle, who appears at some cats moment to grant you three wishes in life. No, God is so much more he is the Alpha and the Omega, the one who was, who is and who is to come (Revelation 1:8). He is a source for all things -including you, we were created.
Genesis 1:2 says, “ in the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” The Hebrew translation of that verse is, “In the beginning, The Blessed One created the heavens and the earth.” God is the Blesser, blessing originated from Him. Every good and perfect gift is from Him (James 1:17). Better than Santa Claus, a genie in a bottle, wishing on a star, or going your own way. God has a Blessing plans for you to experience everything He promises.
2. Realize that the choice to be Blessed is yours
Here’s how the Bible tells us how to lived blessed:
Today I have given you a choice between life and death, between blessings or curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choices you make. Oh. that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live. (Deuteronomy 30:19).
God tells us in this scripture that He has called heaven and earth, as witnesses 262 choices before us: blessings or curses, life or death. If we choose life, we will be blessed, and will will live. So, we have a choice. Do we want to be blessed and live? Or be cursed and die? Of course, we all want to be blessed and live. There is a person alive who would say they wanted to be cursed and die.
If that’s the case, we have to ask, why aren’t more people living blessed lives?
Well, that’s because you have to choose. God can’t do it for you. Your spouse can’t do it for you. your parents can’t do it for you. And you don’t get to sit this one out and expect to be blessed. You can’t say, “well, I haven’t made up my mind about God. I’ll make my decision later, after I’ve had all my fun.” No, not choosing life and blessing is the same as choosing death and cursing. So, if you haven’t chosen life, you aren’t experiencing the fullness of abundant blessings. God has promised you.
How do you choose life and blessing? You choose by making a conscious decision to honor God and obey His commands. You choose to delight in Him and His ways His commands. Choose to delight in Him and His ways. You choose Psalm 112:1. This is the key to unlocking the blessing of God in your life.
3. Realize that fearing the Lord leads to blessing
It can be confusing to read and encouragement to “fear the Lord.” in Scripture. This phrase seems to contradict God’s edict to “fear not,’ this command is listed 365 times throughout the Bible. However, the fear reference in the scripture is not the terror and anxiety that God tells us to avoid it’s not, being afraid of the Lord. Look at the more detailed translation from Psalm 112:1, “ praise the Lord! (Hallelujah) Blessed (Fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God is the man who fears the lord, with the art, inspired reference, and worships Him with obedience, Who delights greatly in His commands. (Amplified Bible).
God promises that we will be blessed when we revere, worship and obey Him. He doesn’t want you quaking in fear at the thought of Him or exchanging I’ll effects from interacting with Him. He simply want you to recognize who He is – the creator of the universe, the Alpha and the Omega, and your Heavenly Father.
4. Realize that delighting in His commandments leads to blessing
We often think of God’s commandments, or His laws, immediately return to the Big 10, The one Moses brought down on the towers from Mount Sinai. But God’s commandments aren’t limited to those. In fact, there are hundreds of command in the Old Testament alone.
However, as it became glaringly clear under the Old Testament, God’s people have always been unable to follow His laws in their own strength. It took Jesus’s sacrifice to erase the stain of their sin.
Thankfully, Jesus showed gods people another way, way beyond rote obedience, and a way into a relationship with Him. In Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus summed up all the Old Testament commandments in one word -love.
Jesus replied, “you must love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is equally important, “ Love your neighbor as yourself.” The entire law and all the demands of the profits are based on these two Commandments.
Loving God, wholeheartedly and loving others is you’re #1 command. When we endeavor to keep the command of love, with a pure motive, we are delighting in God’s command.
Still, considering Psalm 112:1 let’s take a look beyond the letter of God’s Word and reflect on it’s spirit. It’s worth every verse aggression. Gratitude for your faithfulness to God’s command, reflect a deeper, calling to treasure His Word. Second. Timothy 3:16 says, “ all scripture is inspired by God and it is useful to teach us what is true, and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It cracks us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
We don’t have to walk around wondering why we’re not blessed. God gave us His Word to help us understand Him and His ways, and assist us in living lives that reflect our salvation.
5. Realize that God’s commands are there to bless us
Purpose of God’s command, if you set us up for the blessing, and prevent us from cursings that lead to death. Most light parents give their children instructions that will prevent them from hurting themselves when they don’t know any better. God gives us instructions to keep us from getting hurt in this life. And He does it for one reason and one reason only – Because He loves us.
Let’s look back at Psalm 112:1, Do you like in the Lord’s commands? If His commands are burdensome, it’s probably because you haven’t yet understood just how much He already loves you,
You might say, ‘ I know God loves me.”
Perhaps that’s true. But there’s a difference between mentally asserting to God’s love, and really believing it with your heart when you really believe from our heart that God loves you with a deep, passionate love, you will understand that His commands are given to you out of love. You might do you like your soap in them because you trust God’s love for you. You know that He’s not holding back and trying to punish you, but instead, His commands will lead to abundant life, protection from evil, and you will be blessed.
6. Realize that God loves you and wants you blessed
Call love you so much, and He desires an intimate relationship with you. 1 John 4:19 reminds us that “ We love each other, because God first loved us.’ It is only out of that love, God’s love, that His blessings are possible. In fact, God demonstrated His love for us, and that Christ died for us while we were sinners (Romans 5:8). You are so important to God that He sent Jesus to ensure that you have the choice to live in relationship with Him forever and be blessed.
It is God desire that none should perish, but He will not force His live on you. That’s why you were given a choice.