Blessed Is the Man
January 2, 2005
Jeremiah 17:7; Psalm 32:1; Psalm 84:4; Proverbs 8:34; Matthew 24:46
1. The words blessing, blessings and blessed are used
over 516 times in the Bible. When we bless the Lord, for example: "Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits..." (Psalm 68:19); the Hebrew word means, "To kneel down, praise, salute, or give thanks." However, in referring to God's blessing of man, the Hebrew and Greek words simply mean, "happy"...Happy is the man...
ILLUS: Though we may not always think of it, as Christians, we are exceedingly blessed. Someone wrote...
If you own just one Bible...you are abundantly blessed. 1/3 of all the world does not have access to one.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation...you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death...you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace...you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all. --Author unknown.
ILLUS: One morning Robert Chapman, an English pastor and friend of C. H. Spurgeon, was asked by his friend how he was feeling. "I'm burdened this morning!" was his reply. But his happy countenance contradicted his words. His friend, rather surprised by his comment, said, "Are you really burdened, Mr. Chapman?" "Yes, but it's a wonderful burden-- ...
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