SUNDAY SERVICE – ONLINE BIBLE
TOPIC: THE BLESSED MAN OF PSALM 112
TEXT: Deuteronomy 28:12-14 B/R
(Maximising your life)
How do you maximise your life ?
It is God’s desire and plan that everyone should live a blessed life. In scripture, “blessed” has layers of meaning.
To live “blessed” encompasses living happy, prosperous and enjoying an abundant life. Today, I will unpack what it means to live “blessed by God”, regardless of your current circumstances.
I will like to talk about the blessed man of Psalm 112 and just what it was that made his life that way. As we go on I pray that you are encouraged.
The very first thing the Psalm begins with is a declaration of praise, “Praise the Lord!” Isn’t that interesting? A blessed life begins with knowing God and out from that relationship flows a heart of praise and thankfulness. The Bible teaches us that a heart that is thankful to God is a worshipping heart. You see, worship is not a ritual or an obligation. It is not just songs at the beginning of a corporate church service. Worship is a heart-response of gratitude and honour to God – wherever you are and whatever you are doing. You don’t have to wait until you can find a church building before you can praise and worship God- worship is a way of life. Imitate King David, who with songs and dance praises God continually.
What is weighing heavily on your heart? Are you experiencing lack or sickness in your body? When your focus changes from the problem to the One who is your solution, your perspective begins to change.
See ! A blessed life with God isn’t a trouble-free life, but amid the changing seasons, the ups and downs of this life, we can live with a revelation that God is good and we are blessed. Even in the middle of a challenge or trial, you have access to God’s blessing.
God is not distant. He is a close and loving Saviour, a friend, and a confidante. No matter what circumstances you find yourself in today, no matter how small or great the task is before you, take your first step toward living a blessed life.
The next thing in that same verse 1 is “The fear of The Lord”
Fear His commandments always.
It is the beginning of Wisdom
Psalm 112:2 (NKJV) says: “His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.”
A blessed life has more impact and influence than we realise. You may think that you are an exception to that rule, however, every interaction we have with another has some kind of effect; a parent and child, a teacher and student, I think most people would like to know that they have some degree of positive impact on other’s lives.
Build your life according to God’s principles, just like the blessed man described in Psalm 112 who finds great delight in His commands. Verse 2 says, “His descendants will be mighty on earth”. This speaks of people who are strong, influential and making a positive difference in the world. The blessed man or woman will also be the means of blessing for the generations that follow them.
Think about your own life.
What example are you setting for the generations that follow?
** Proverbs 13:22 reminds us that a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children. You don’t have to have children of your own to apply this verse to your life. What example are you giving to your family or your colleagues? What is it about your life that will cause them to stop and take notice?
. When we make the decision to follow Christ, we can change the course of our future despite the road of those who went before us. When we turn from our old ways and live our lives according to God’s principles, we are passing on blessing to future generations.
. Today, keep the future in your sights. Make the decision right now to choose the pathway of blessing that God has laid out for you in the Bible, so that long after you have gone, your legacy of blessing will live on.