UNPACKING “BLESSED”

05282018 Monday

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers” (Psalm 1:1)!

The idea of a blessed existence has extensive implications that must be unpackaged to be fully appreciated. While “blessed” means “fortunate” or “happy,” it should not be understood in terms of western interpretation. Most of western culture ascribes good fortune and happiness only to favorable circumstances, if and when they occur. The ancient near eastern (ANE) culture of the psalmist would have had no such point of reference. Their understanding of “blessed” isn’t the reward of favorable circumstances but, rather, the result of a particular kind of life being pursued.

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