May 3 – Drawing Near to God Blesses Me

Various Bible translations choose different words to communicate the idea of “blessed” in English.  Words like happy, joyful and fortunate are used to describe a person blessed by God.  These scenarios show us a few examples of where blessings are found:

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.  Think of a storm that suddenly appears and threatens to overtake you on your walk home.  While fighting strong winds and hailing rain, relief comes as you approach your home and see a blazing fire in the hearth. In all of our storms, God is a warm, safe shelter.  You are happy and fortunate to enter in.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. Imagine a nation that is so faithful that everyone within its political boundaries honors the Lord.  Oh how joyful that place would be!  See the daily goodness that would be experienced at the family level when love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness and gentleness are lived out, like breathing clean, pure air. Blessed are all whose God is the Lord!

Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts!  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  In drawing near, you will experience a fortunate, happy, joyful, satisfied blessedness.  It is His promise.

Psalm 2:12c ESV; Psalm 33:12 NIV; Psalm 65:4a ESV