It is true that you serve a God of miracles. But prepare yourself mentally or emotionally for hearing something unpleasant, because what I am going to say about that will come as a total shock to some of you. The Lord’s preference is not to meet your needs through a miracle.
A miracle, is as the acceptance of natural laws, and personally, I have received many. There is no doubt in my mind that the Lord performs miracles and uses them like a bell to draw people unto Himself.
But let me ask you, would you rather receive a miracle of healing or live with the blessing of good health? Would you rather have the Lord perform a miracle to pull you out of bankruptcy or be so blessed financially that He would not have to? I think the logical answer to both of those questions is obvious.
It is always better to avoid problems, which is the result of living in blessing, than it is to be delivered out of them, which requires a miracle. There are three important reasons for receiving from God through blessings rather than miracles. (1) blessings prevent crises, while miracles deliver from crises. (2) a blessing is always a more abundant supply than a miracle. And (3) miracles are a temporary fix, while blessings are permanent solutions. Therefore, if you’re living from miracle to miracle, it probably means you’re living from crisis to crisis.
God’s original intent for His creation was to function under His blessing instead of a miracle. If sin had not corrupted God’s creation, there would be no need for miracles. Everyone would be healthy, everyone would be prosperous, and strife, the cause of broken relationships and wars, would not even exist.
Unfortunately, there is corruption in the earth, and there will always be a place for miracles. However God not only forgave us of our sins, He redeemed us from the curse and placed blessings on His followers.
Bible, Galatians 3:13 says, “Lord hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” If we will believe we are blessed and act accordingly, we can avoid many of the problems that make us candidates for miracles.
Some believers pray for financial miracles but they are not practicing the principle of giving and will not work. They know God loves them, so they are counting on and believing for a miracle. And that is just what it will take. They are not obeying God’s Word in faith, so they can not receive the blessing God has spoken over them.
The Lord told us to work so that He would bless the work of our hands and that if we would give, it would be given unto us. Bible, 2 Thessalonians 3:10 has prophesied, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” Bible, Deuteronomy 28:12 prophesied, “The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” Bible, Luke 6:38 prophesied, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. If we do not obey Him in these commands, it is either because of ignorance or we do not fully trust His promises. That does not mean the Lord hates us, but it means our unbelief is stopping the blessing He has spoken from coming to pass in our lives. So, lack of faith in God’s blessing causes us to enter into crisis, and right before disaster, if we continue steadfast in our belief for a miracle, we receive just enough to get us over the hump.
The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it. When you seek the guidance of the Lord in your life, He will bless you abundantly with His riches. In the period of famine “ Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundred-fold” (Genesis 26:12). Though it was a period of famine, wherever the servants of Isaac dug a well, they struck water! (Genesis 26:19,32). God blessed everything that he did.
“The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” (Bible, Proverbs 10:22) Temporal blessing, as well as spiritual, comes from Him. “The LORD makes poor, and makes rich” (Bible, 1 Samuel 2:7). God is the sovereign Disposer of material wealth. If it is received by birth or inheritance — it is by His providence. If it comes by gift — He moved the donors to bestow. If it accumulates as the result of hard work, skill or thrift — He bestowed the talent, directed its use, and granted the success. This is made abundantly clear in the Scriptures. “The LORD has blessed my master greatly…he has given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold” (Bible, Gen 24:35). “Isaac sowed in that land, and received the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him” (Bible, Gen 26:12).
So it is with us. Then say not in your heart, “The might of my hand or brains, has gotten me this temporal prosperity.” “But you shall remember the LORD your God: for it is HE who gives you power to get wealth” (Bible, Deu 8:17-18). When riches are acquired by God’s blessing on honest industry, there is no accusing conscience to sour the same, and if “sorrow” attends the use or enjoyment of them, it is due entirely unto our own folly.
But it is upon the spiritual blessings which God bestows upon His people, that we shall now write. “Blessed is the man whom you chose, and cause to approach unto you, that he may dwell in your courts” (Psalm 65:4). There is no doubt that the primary reference there (though not th e exclusive one) is unto “the son of God” (Bible, 1 Timothy 2:5), for as God-man, He is what He is by the grace of election, when His humanity was chosen and fore-ordained unto union with one of the persons in the Godhead. None other than JEHOVAH proclaimed Him “my elect, in whom my soul delighted” (Bible, Isa 42:1). As such, He is “the man that is My fellow, says the LORD Almighty” (Bible, Zechariah 13:7), the “Heir of all things” (Bible, Heb 1:2). God was not chosen for us, but for God: and we were chosen for God, to be His bride.
The essence of all blessedness is to be in Lord, and those who partake of it do so by the act of God — as the fruit of His everlasting love unto them. “Blessed be the God, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Lord: according as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world” (Bible, Eph 1:3-4). In that initial blessing of election, all others are wrapped up, and, in due course, we are made partakers of them. It is both the duty and privilege of every sin-laden soul to come unto Lord to rest, nevertheless, it is equally true that no man can come to Him except the Father draws him (Bible, John 6:44). Likewise it devolves upon all who hear the Gospel to respond to that call, “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live” (Bible, Isa 56:3), yet how can those who are dead in trespasses and sins (Bible, Eph 2:1) do so? They can not! They must first be divinely quickened into newness of life.
“As the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (Bible, Psalm 83:3). A beautiful figure of that divine operation is here set before us. In eastern lands, the earth is hard, dry, barren — so our natural hearts. The “dew” descends from above silently, mysteriously, imperceptibly, moistening the ground, imparting vitality unto vegetation making the mountainside fruitful. Such is the miracle of the new birth. Life is communicated by divine fiat. Not a probationary or conditional one, not a fleeting or temporal one, but spiritual and endless, for the stream of regeneration can never dry up.
When God “commands,” He communicates (Bible, Psalm 42:8; 68:28; 111:9); as the blessing is a divine favor — so the manner bestowing it is sovereign. That is solely His prerogative, for man can do nothing but beg. “Zion” is the place of all spiritual blessings (Bible, Heb 12:22-24).
“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, LORD, in the light of your countenance” (Bible, Psalm 89:15). This is one of the blessed effects of divine quickening. When one has been born of the Spirit, the eyes and ears of his soul are opened to cognize spiritual things. Observe that it is not merely they “hear the joyful sound,” for many do that without any experiential knowledge of its charm; but “know” from its message being brought home in power to their hearts. That “joyful sound” is “the glad tidings of good things” (Bible, Rom 10:15), namely, “that Son of God came into the world to save sinners” (Bible, 1 Timothy 1:15). Such souls as inwardly know that heavenly music, are indeed blessed, for as they are assured of free access unto God, the beneficent light of the divine countenance is beheld by them. There is probably an allusion in Bible, Psalm 89:15.
First, the sound which was made by Aaron as he went into the holy place and came out thereof (Bible, Exo 28:33- 35), which was indeed a “joyful sound” unto the people of God, for it gave evidence that their high priest was engaged be fore the Lord on their behalf.
Second, a general reference to the sound of the sacred trumpets which called Israel to their solemn feasts (Bible, Num 10:10).
Third, a more specific one to the trumpet of jubilee (Bible, Lev 25:9-10), which proclaimed liberty to bondmen and restoration of their inheritance to them who had forfeited it.
So the announcement of the Gospel of liberty to sin captives, is music to those given ears to hear.
“Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him” (Bible, Psalm 2:12).
(1) election is the foundation blessing, being “unto salvation” and including all the means thereof (Bible, 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
(2) the bestowment of eternal life which capacitates the favored recipient to welcome experientially the joyful sound of the Gospel.
And now there is a personal and saving embracing thereof. It is to be carefully noted that the words of our present text are preceded by “Kiss the Son,” which signifies: Bow in submission before His scepter, yield to His kingly rule, render allegiance to Him (Bible, 1 Samuel 10:1; 1 Kings 19:18).
It is most important to note that order — he can be received as Savior ( Bible, 2 Peter 1:11; 2:20; 3:18). They “put their trust in Him” signifies to take refuge in — they repudiate their own righteousness and evince their confidence in Him by committing themselves to His keeping for time and eternity. His gospel is their warrant for doing so, His veracity their security. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Bible, Psalm 32:1). This is an intrinsic part of the blessedness of putting our trust in Him. Therefore do they express their faith in Lord by fleeing to Him for refuge. Blessed indeed are such, for, having surrendered to His lordship and placed their reliance in His atoning blood, they now enter into the benefits of His righteous and benevolent government. More specifically, their “iniquities are forgiven and their sins are covered” (Bible, Psalm 85:2) — “covered by God, as the ark was covered with the mercy seat, as Noah was covered from the flood, as the Egyptians were covered by the depths of the sea. What a cover that must be, which hides forever from the sight of the all-seeing God, all the filthiness of the flesh and of the spirit”
Paul used those precious words of Bible, Psalm 32:1, in Romans 4:7, in proof of the grand truth of justification by faith. “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.” (Bible, Psalm 84:5). This is another accompaniment of the new birth. The regenerated is given the spirit of “a sound mind” (Bible, 2 Timothy 1:7), so that he now perceives himself to be not only without any righteousness of his own, but is conscious of his weakness and insufficiency. He has made the name of the Lord his strong tower, having run into it for safety (Bible, Pro 18:10), and now he declares “in the LORD I have righteousness and strength” (Bible, Isa 14:24) — strength to fight the good fight of faith, to resist temptations, to endure persecution, to perform duty. While he keeps in his right mind, he will continue to go forth not in his own strength, but in complete dependence upon and reliance in the strength that is in Lord, thereby proving the sufficiency of His grace. Those “ways” of God’s strength are the divinely appointed means of grace for the maintenance of communion: feeding on the Word, living on Lord, adhering to the path of His precepts.
“Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in His ways.” (Bible, Psalm 128:1). Here is another mark of those under the divine benediction — to have such a deep reverence for God, as results in regular obedience to Him. The fear of the Lord is a holy awe of His majesty, a filial dread of displeasing Him. It is not so much an emotional thing as a practical one, for it is idle to talk about fearing God, if we have no deep concern for His will. It is the fear of love, which shrinks from dishonoring Him, a dread of forgetting His goodness, and abusing His mercy. Where such “fear” is, all other graces are found. The blessedness of such is not always apparent to carnal reason, nevertheless, it is a fact certified by the divine veracity.