BLESSED is the nation whose God is the Lord.  (Psalm 33:12)

Many people use the word “blessed” loosely as a way of saying they feel fortunate.  However, “blessed” has a much deeper meaning.  

Bless: 1. to make or declare holy…, 2. to ask divine favor for (as when a minister blesses a congregation), 3. to favor or endow, 4. to make happy or prosperous, 8. to keep or protect from harm, evil   – definitions from Webster dictionary

The Psalmist meant much more than just “fortunate.”  The Psalmist was saying that the nation (and the person) who rejects pagan gods and idols, and chooses God as Lord, will be declared holy, receive divine favor and endowment from God, experience happiness and prosperity, and be protected from harm and evil.   

Psalm 33 goes on to say:

” The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man;

from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,

he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. (33:13-15)

Behold the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,

on those who hope in his steadfast love,

that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.” (33:18-19)

If we want to be blessed as a nation, we must proclaim, “Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!”  (33:8)  “Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.  For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.” (33:20-21)

Then we need to pray, “Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (33:22)

Verse 33:12 goes on to say that the people he has chosen are his heritage.  By choosing to serve the LORD our God, we will not only be blessed, but also be heirs to the LORD’s inheritance.

May we, as followers of Christ, claim our Christian heritage and commit ourselves to the teachings of the Bible, that we will indeed be a blessed nation.  

God bless the USA and all who bravely serve to protect the freedoms and liberties founded on Christian principles.  

To read Psalm 33 in its entirety, go to http://www.BibleGateway.com .  

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