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Day 1: A Blessed Life

Jan 1 2014

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. Over the next 31 days, I will unpack more of what it means to live ‘blessed by God’, regardless of your current circumstances.

On pages 17-19 of How To Maximise Your Life, I talk about the blessed man of Psalm 112 and just what it was that made his life that way. As we spend time in the next week looking at the life of this man, 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.

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. 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 – lift up your voice and praise God!

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 112:1 (NKJV)
Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments.

PRAYER: Worthy are You, Lord! Thank you for this life. Thank you for Your Word and for Your constant care and concern for me. Open my eyes to see the blessings You have given me. May my heart be always thankful for Your provision, and may the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be pleasing to You today.