Blessed is THE Man Whose Strenght is in THEE

Pastor Melissa Scott Teaches on Psalm 84

I’m teaching on a chapter in the Bible that I hope will become the place we will
go to again and again, because your own stage of growth determines what you receive. It is the kind of chapter that is inexhaustible. I am not here to just preach sermons; we are here to do a work of God together. I am only beginning to be satisfied as a preacher when you walk out with the Word of God so real that you can forget the preacher who spoke the Word: the Word itself will take root.
Now, you probably already know that I am going to take you to Psalm 84. I hope you will get used to it. We will come back to it again and again, until this church and this people have made it their life, until the Word that is preached becomes incarnate where we are. Verse 5, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.”

I pray God will rivet the truth home today.  “Blessed is the man…Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.”
Pastor Scott continues, teaching, Blessed is the first word.

Some of you who have listened to me before have it circled in your Bibles. It is a unique word in the original Hebrew. When I hear the word “blessed,” it is  legitimate to think of places where I have been blessed. Others will think of a particular time when they received a blessing or a kind of experience that was a blessing to them. But the word here describes a state of being. It is not a sometime affair; it is a constant state of being blessed, with no quality of the blessing changing.

It is not a blessing that just anybody has. The definite article the separates this kind of blessed man from the rest of the world: “Blessed is the man.” Circle that word the; “the man,” someone set apart from the crowd. Who? “The man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing….” Circle the word passing. The very verb form implies a journey; the very verb form defies fixation. This man who has the blessing this verse is about is going somewhere; he is not settled down. He is not fixated at any particular point: he is going on.
Dr. A.W. Tozer has said that the Christian journey is forever in danger of being made a destination. Deep in our souls, all of us have that desire to come to a place where we can, whether we say it or not, settle down
and feel we have arrived: no more problems, no more pressure.

The salvation experience many times is wrongly communicated by evangelists as some magical experience that forever stops all human problems. Too many evangelists have hung out salvation as magic. “Come to God and everything will turn bright; problems will cease; joy will be constant.” That little trip up the aisle and kneeling at an altar and a few uttered words is the “once for all” solution to all of life’s problems.

Not so! Sorry! Most of the New Testament Christians, after making such a decision, were assured of rejection by the world around them, beatings and possibly death; but hope is eternal.

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