In our previous post we looked at one aspect of the foundation of blessedness, let’s now turn to our second and final aspect:
2) Source and Standard.
If blessedness is the complete opposite of wickedness, then we must also conclude that its source(who and what) are also righteous, faithful, and godly. However, as opposed to the “righteous” human beings who are made so by the source and standard, the source and standard in and ofthemselves must be infinitely and exclusively eternal.
What do I mean by that? Simply that the giver, which produces blessedness throughrighteousness, which is produced through the given, must be divine. If we already know that the standards of human beings are relative, superficial, ungodly, wicked, damning etc. (see my entry on Psalm 1:1 regarding the counsel, way, and seat of wickedness), because human beings aresinners by nature, and that these standards cannot, therefore, produce anything that is godly, permanent, or that even remotely mirrors the “law of the LORD” (v. 2), then it follows that there isno other place in all of creation where we can find a true, permanent, unchanging, objective, everlasting, life-giving standard for righteousness but in “the law of the LORD” (v. 2). It also follows that there is nowhere in creation where we will ever find true blessedness, but in “the law of the LORD,” which is the very inspired breath of God, who is “forever and ever” (Psalm 45:6, ESV).
God is the standard, and He reveals this to us in an understandable way through His word. No human standard (counsel, doctrine, teaching, way, path, etc.) is reliable because it is ever-changing, temporal, corrupted to the core, and ungodly. Blessedness can only be found in the Word of the living God.
John Calvin on the Word of God,
“Let the pastors boldly dare all things by the word of God….Let them constrain all the power, glory, and excellence of the world to give place to and obey the divine majesty of this word. let them enjoin everyone by it, from the highest to the lowest. Let them edify the body of Christ. Let them devastate Satan’s reign. Let them pasture the sheep, kill the wolves, instruct and exhort the rebellious. Let them bind and loose thunder and lightning, if necessary, but let them do all according to the word of God” – John Calvin, Sermons on the Epistle to the Ephesians.
“Set before [man], as the prime motive of his existence, zeal to illustrate the glory of God” – John Calvin.
Again, why? Let’s hear what John Piper has to say,
“Let churches ring with expository exultation! Let laypeople love the hearing of this great God-saturated sound! Let seminaries breed the passions of Calvin, Luther, and Augustine for the majesty of God that takes the soul captive and binds it to the Word, which reveals Christ and wakens sovereign joy. If a worshiping heart and a holy life are the fruit of sovereign joy, and if the written Word of God is the deposit of historical truth where the glory of Christ wakens this joy, then let us pray that God would raise up generations of preachers who give themselves, with Calvin-like devotion, to expository exultation over the glory of Jesus Christ for the joy of all peoples” – John Piper, The Legacy of Sovereign Joy – God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin.
There is so much more to say and so much Scripture I could cite, but the entry is already long enough and contains much to ponder and pray about. I believe the ground has been laid for expanding on the analogy the Psalmist uses in verse 3,
“He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does he prospers”
We will dedicate an entire entry on this analogy next week. I thought it was necessary to expand on the main foundation of the entire Psalm before moving on to the analogy used in verse 3.
May this entry and my blog be of blessing to you and may it help you grow in the grace of our LORD, amen.