Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Psalm 103:1

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!”

I am captivated by the meaning of words. It’s one of my delights to solve the daily crossword as often as possible. The nuances of words can determine several different meanings. Just as the word bless in the above passage means to affectionately praise, so the term blessed in the beatitudes has more depth of meaning. In the Amplified Bible it is rendered this way: “Blessed — happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous [that is, with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions].”  

Many of us are familiar with the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5, Jesus introduces a Godly lifestyle. He does this by presenting the Beatitudes.  Each of the Beatitudes begins with the phrase, “Blessed are you.” 

The concept of blessing has come to hold more meaning to me than ever before.  We either bless or curse with our mouths.  At times I have talked about how actions speak louder than words.  That does not mean we are to be silent—rather we are to speak blessing into situations and then act in the manner that is consistent with our words.

Where do you fit into the concept of blessing?  When someone thinks of you, can they honestly consider you a blessing in their life? We need to be a blessing!

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!  

– – – Pastor Cecil

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