Do we Christians overuse the word “blessed”?

We Christians throw the word “blessed” around somewhat flippantly, don’t we?

“How are you?” “Oh, I’m blessed.”

“Have a blessed day.”

“Bless you.”

“He’s been a real blessing to me.”

It’s definitely a powerful word, but sometimes using a word too much—especially without thinking about it—robs it of its true significance.

Of all the words he could’ve chosen, the psalmist uses “blessed” as the first word of the first psalm:

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish (Psalm 1:1-6).

What does it mean to be blessed?

Sometimes we associate it with material prosperity . . . “The Lord has blessed us with so many things.”

Or maybe physical well-being. “I’m blessed to be cancer-free.”

There’s nothing wrong with using it like that, but it’s so much richer.

In this psalm it means to be favored by God. It means to live the life God called you to live.

It’s related to the word “happy,” but it’s so much richer than the fickle, tied-to-today’s-fortunes kind of happiness that characterizes many folks.

The psalmist makes it quite clear: the blessed person is the one who avoids the choices of the wicked but instead chooses to delight in God’s law.

God always blesses that person.

Will he be rich? Probably not.

Will his health be good? Not always.

Will his life be struggle-free? Rarely.

But he’s blessed because God always favors those who seek him more than anything else.

If you’re looking for this, you won’t find it in a financial windfall or a clean bill of health or a streak of good luck.

You’ll find it when you seek God above everything else.

God bless you.

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