Reverence and Happiness, How Perfect

Psalm 128
How happy is everyone who fears
the LORD,
who walks in His ways!
You will surely eat
what your hands have worked for.
You will be happy,
and it will go well for you.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house,
yours sons, like young olive trees
around your table.
In this very way
the man who fears the LORD
will be blessed.
May the LORD bless you from Zion,
so that you will see the prosperity
of Jerusalem
all the days of your life
and you will see your children’s children!
Peace be with Israel.

Would you agree that the first 3 sentences in this Psalm are words of wisdom? The Holy Scriptures have much to say about the fear of the Lord. There is also much said about blessings that accompany the fear of the Lord. Because this Psalm speaks of being happy, let’s look at what it says about the blessed state of happiness that accompanies that reverential fear.

The one God corrects, disciplines, and teaches is happy (Job 5:17, Psalm 94:12). All who wait patiently for Him are happy (Isaiah 30:18). The one who takes refuge in Him and trust Him is happy (Psalm 34:8, 40:4). How happy is the one who lives according to the Lord’s instruction and seeks Him with all their heart (Psalm 119:1,2). Happy is the one who is always reverent (Proverbs 28:14). The one who listens is happy and praises You continually (Proverbs 8:34, Psalm 84:4).

What about walking in His ways? Discerning what the Scripture says concerning the character of God and becoming that likeness provides an excellent foundation to walking in His ways. Psalm 106:3 asserts that we are happy when we uphold justice and practice righteousness at all times. Why? Because God upholds justice and is righteous at all times and in mimicking His character we will be happy.

I have a dual challenge for you inspired DIVAs today! Not only do I encourage you to memorize or read this Psalm 15 times, but I also desire to spark an interest in you to search the Scriptures and discover other examples of God’s character. When you recognize some, include the traits in the comment section to inspire others. However, let’s not stop there! Mimic a character trait of God you have not thought much about or maybe have neglected. You can do it! Be bold DIVAs! Don’t settle for what you have always been. Today is a fresh start – do you perceive it? Praise God!!

In His Grace,
Amanda

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