We all want to live blessed lives and experience the promises and blessings of God. We want to live lives where we’re free from sickness and disease, our relationships are thriving, money isn’t a struggle, debts and bills are paid, and we are blessing others. But many Christians struggle with how to take hold of these blessings. In the Bible, God gives us the key over and over again to unlocking His blessings. That key, in a phrase, is delight yourself in the Lord. Psalm 112:1, KJV, says it this way, Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.
Key No. 1: Realize That God Is the Source of All Blessing
Hopefully by now, you’ve figured out that God isn’t some Santa Claus in the sky who comes down your chimney and leaves you exactly what you want under the tree. He isn’t a genie in a bottle who appears at some chance moment to grant you three wishes in life. No, no, no. God is so much more. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the One who was, who is and who is to come (Revelation 1:8). He is the Source from whom all things, including you, were created.
Genesis 1:1 says, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.The Hebrew translation of that verse is, In the beginning, THE BLESSED One created the heavens and the earth. God is THE BLESSER, and blessing originated from Him. Every good and perfect gift is from Him (James 1:17). Better than Santa Claus, a genie in a bottle, wishing on a star, or going your own way, God has a BLESSING plan for you to experience everything He promises.
Key No. 2: Realize That the Choice to Be Blessed Is Yours
Here’s another scripture that tells you how to live blessed:
Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! Deuteronomy 30:19
God tells us in this scripture that He has called heaven and earth as witnesses and set two choices before us: blessings or cursings, life or death. If we choose life, we will be blessed, and we will live. So, we have a choice. Do we want to be blessed and live? Or be cursed and die? Of course, we want to be blessed and live! There isn’t a person alive who would say they want to be cursed and die.
If this is the case, we have to ask, then why aren’t more people living blessed?
Well, that’s because you have to choose. God can’t do it for you. Your spouse can’t do it for you. Your parents can’t do it for you. And you don’t get to sit this one out and expect to be blessed. You can’t say, Well, I haven’t made my mind up about God or that command yet. I’ll make my decision later, after I’ve had all my fun. No, not choosing life and blessing is the same as choosing death and cursings. So, if you haven’t chosen life, you aren’t experiencing the fullness of abundant blessings God has promised you.
So, how do you choose life and blessing? You choose by making a conscious decision to honor God and obey His commands. You choose to delight in Him and His ways. You choose Psalm 112:1. This is the key to unlocking THE BLESSING of God in your life.
Key No. 3: Realize That Fearing the Lord Leads to Blessing
It can be confusing to read an encouragement to fear the Lord in Scripture. This phrase seems to contradict God’s edict to fear not, a command that is listed 365 times throughout the Bible. However, the fear referenced in this scripture is not the terror and anxiety that God tells us to avoid. Just look at this more detailed translation of Psalm 112:1: Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who fears the Lord [with awe-inspired reverence and worships Him with obedience], Who delights greatly in His commandments (AMP).
God promises that you will be blessed when you revere, worship and obey Him. He doesn’t want you quaking in fear at the thought of Him or expecting ill effects from interacting with Him. No, He simply wants you to recognize who He is the Creator of the Universe, the Alpha and the Omega, and your heavenly Father.