The Blessed Man by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 19, 2013 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 

 

Psalm 84 says, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.” “Of them” is in italics because it was added by the King James translators, but it is not in the original. The word “ways” modifies God, not the people who are in the valley.

Literally, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee and in whose heart are the ways of thee.” You read in the Bible that God’s acts were made known to the children of Israel. They saw the acts of God and the results of His acts, but to Moses God revealed His ways. It takes time to learn these things.

Again, let me demystify spiritual things. That is common language: have you ever said of any close friend, after you get to know him long enough, “That’s just the way he is”? You become familiar with your friend’s ways. Well, God has ways, and we are forever getting ahead of Him. God has always dealt with these extremes. There are those who come along who want to do it in place of God. Those are the matchbox, self-made fire builders that we are talking about here. They don’t need God; they will light the way with their own instruments. The other extreme is someone who leaves it all to God. This passage reminds me of a story about a farmer who had a marvelous crop and somebody said to him, “You ought to thank God for the crop He gave you.” The farmer said, “I do, but you should have seen the field when God had it by Himself.”

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