Craving a Double Blessing

13 Sep

The chef of the upscale restaurant I manage collided with a waiter one day and spilled coffee all over our computer. The liquid poured CoffeeOnKeyboard2into the processing unit and resulted in some dramatic crackling and popping sounds. After sopping up the mess, we gathered around the terminal as the computer was turned back on again.

“Please let it work,” pleaded the guilt-ridden waiter.

A waitress replied, “Should be faster than ever. That was a double espresso.” *

Double espresso, double chocolate, double just about anything makes me smile except “double trouble” – which is what some people call twins, but I see that as a double blessing.

I’ve discovered God is in the “blessing business,” and the scriptures, especially the Psalms, tell us many ways He blesses us. My favorite is a double blessing found in the very first verse of Psalm 119:

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!” (119:1)

The word “blessed” can be translated “happy.” So this is a happy-happy scripture!

That doesn’t mean everyone who reads this scripture is doubly blessed, or even happy. In fact, the world views the holiness and commitment described in this verse as a downer, a recipe for a miserable life.

But those who seek and know the Lord will come to value His Word and desire to walk in His will and ways. They will understand an important truth:

Holiness is the pathway to true happiness.

I first discovered this connection between holiness and happiness when I read Psalm 1. The psalmist says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (vv. 1-2).

If we’re going to be happy in the Lord and experience all that He has for us – peace, power, provision and more – we need to be in His Word.

This is one area where we can’t “fake it ’til we make it.” Either we’re revived and happy in the Word or we’re not.

I want the double blessing and more, don’t you?

*Cybersalt Digest humor, Issue #3757, October 2011

— Dawn

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