Blessed indeed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands.
This Psalm lists the benefits for the person who fears the Lord, who honours and acknowledges the place the Lord has in His world and in our lives. Children, wealth, good, unshakability, and fearlessness are promised. While many of us would like to have most of these things and many of us chase after these things, quite a number of godly people I have met have very few of these things. Many I haven’t met, like those believers in refugee camps today, may have none.
The blessedness perhaps rather involves being in right relationship with God, knowing him for who he is, acknowledging his Lordship. Delighting in his will, his commands.
This is certainly true, but while we may take some apparent steps in this direction, our selfishness, our self satisfaction, our self righteousness soon become evident. In fact we judge, we resent, we punish others. We can’t lend freely, we prefer to gather God’s blessings to ourselves.
In fact we think it is all about Me. My growth, my experience, my righteousness.
Perhaps the writer of this psalm was writing to Jesus. Not us. Surely Jesus is the gracious and compassionate and righteous man (v4), that we can never be. His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord (v7). We are plagued by doubt.
His gifts to the poor (v9) his gifts to you and I, the spiritually poor, flow from his death in our place.
In fact, this psalm only begins to make sense today, Easter Sunday. The Day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. When Jesus triumphed over his foes (v8) and brought in his righteousness that endures forever (v3,9). His resurrection opens the door to Eternity.
His children will be mighty in the land. Wealth and riches are in his house and he gives freely. Remembered forever.
Today we celebrate. Celebrate the dawn of the new light in the darkness (v4). Resurrection. A righteousness that endures forever, a life that knows no fear. A life that is secure. Secure in the Risen Lord. The reality of Easter Sunday changes everything.