The Blessedness of Life Lived Under God’s Grace
Man’s “religious works” to try and make himself acceptable to God are rejected by God. Paul wrote.
“… you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God's favor and mercy].” (Romans 6:14b (AMP)
“But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless].” (Romans 11:6 (AMP)
It has been said that the word “blessed,” in our English Bible, simply means happy. Thus the “blessed man” of Psalm 1 is a happy man and the “blessed God” of I Tim. 1:11 is a happy God. (We refer to the Hebrew and Greek words most often rendered blessed).
To say the least, this is a superficial understanding — or misunderstanding — of one of the most wonderful words of Scripture. A fool can be happy, a drunkard can be happy, a wicked man can be happy, but none of these are truly blessed, for one who is blessed has a deeply valid reason to rejoice.
Thus Psa. 1:1,2 says that the man who shuns “the counsel of the ungodly,” “the way of sinners” and “the seat of the scornful” and meditates and delights in the law of God, is “blessed.” He is well off and has great reason to rejoice.
Few, of course, would dare to claim that they have fully lived up to this passage in the Psalms, but God’s Word has good news even for such. In Romans 4:6-8, Paul declares:
“David also describeth the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputeth (counts ones) righteousness Without Works, saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities (sins) are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will NOT impute (count his) sin.”
This blessedness is not a mere feeling of happiness. It is rather the state of being well off; with a deep and abiding reason to rejoice – the free gift of imputed righteousness and sins forgiven.
Thus Psalm 40:4 says: “Blessed is that man who maketh the Lord his trust.”
When the Galatians stopped trusting completely in the Lord and His grace and began leaning on their own works, the Apostle asked them: “Where is then the blessedness ye spake of?” (Galatians 4:15).
Thus, to be truly blessed is to be well off; with the greatest possible reason to rejoice. This is why the believer in Christ, saved and eternally safe in Him, is, like God Himself, “blessed for evermore.”