“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Familiar question, right?
In many responses, underneath is the desire to be rich, secure and happy. For many parents it is the underlying desire for their children. Some even would go as far as to say they are reflecting the desire of our heavenly father which has lead to some pursuing as a priority a prosperous life.
That’s a pity, really. It’s a pity because that pursuit of prospetity misses the point of what it really is to be blessed. Someone who would have a good idea of what it is to be blessed shared his own experience in this Psalm. What he discovered was to be blessed is sourced in a right relationship with God. Loving Him and reflecting His character. Prioritising that pursuit turns the priorities from wanting to have lots of stuff and be the centre of all good things there is a greater desire to want to be a blessing to others – generosity, mercy and righteousness are not self-seeking behaviours, these are the characteristics of someone who has engaged with a generous, merciful and righteous God.
These characteristics are not dependent on what we have, these are reflections of who we are. As we prioritise pursuing Him, there we find the path to experience what it is to be blessed. Are there benefits? Of course there are, but even those are a byproduct of keeping the main thing in focus at all times.
What do you want to be when you grow up? If you want to be blessed, it pays to keenly follow what this Psalmist suggests.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden