Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Blessed State of the Righteous

It is apparent that today we live in a world where secularism prevails. It is not dominant; but in, for example, public life in Western societies, secularism is the norm. This could also be seen as a way of promoting atheism, or neutrality in regards to the topic of religion and God. Thus, God and the truths of the faith are merely blanded in order to cater for the modern understanding of life, capitalism, economy, rights and the general secular philosophical ideology that prevails in the modern world. However, the gift of faith is a significant part of a Christian’s life. This distinguishes us from them, whoever these people may be – such as faithful of other gods, atheists, or those who merely do not care about the existence or the faith of a deity remaining ignorant in respect to the important questions of our existence and our role within creation. In Psalm 111 (112) we find out about the blessed state of the righteous, of those who fear the Lord and who follow His commandments, pointing out their role and the blessing they have received and continue to receive, since they follow God and His teachings. We read:

Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, Who delights greatly in His commandments. 2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. 4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5 A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. 6 Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. 7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 His heart is established; He will not be afraid, Until he sees his desire upon his enemies. 9 He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honour. 10 The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.

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