Blessed are All who take Refuge in Him

In the post Bow to the King of Kings, we are urged to submit our hearts and minds to Christ. God, as we see in Psalms 2, is concerned about absolute surrender of our lives to him. The kissing the Son is symbolic of surrender and submission to the king. God says in verse 12 of Psalms 2 “Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”

Psalms 2

12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.  NKJV

Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. NIV

In verse 12, the primary blessedness from taking refuge (trusting) in Christ is being free from the wrath of God. To reiterate, the Hebrew word for blessed here is ‘esher (eh’·sher) which means happiness. God is saying to man if you want to be blessed, This is How I Roll. If we submit to God’s way, we will be blessed. Blessed is a state of pleasure or joy experienced both by people and by God, but subject to change according to circumstances. True happiness derives from a secure and settled knowledge of God and a rejoicing in his works and covenant faithfulness. God rejoices over his faithful people (Dictionary of Bible Themes). According to the Dictionary of Bible Themes and the verses that support those assertions, here are other sources of being blessed.

Happiness found in human relationships
Dt 24:5 See also Ge 30:13Ge 34:191Ki 10:8Ps 113:9Pr 23:24Ecc 9:9SS 4:10Ro 15:242Co 7:13

Happiness found in people and things
1Ki 4:20Lk 1:141Ti 6:17 See also Dt 20:6 David and Jonathan: 1Sa 18:31Sa 20:17
Ps 127:3-5Ecc 3:12Ecc 5:19Ecc 8:15Ecc 11:9;Isa 65:22Jnh 4:6Lk 12:19Jn 16:21Php 2:25-30

Happiness found in God
In God’s presence Ps 16:11 See also Ps 21:6Ps 43:41Th 3:9
In God’s word Ps 119:35 See also Isa 55:2Jer 15:16Mk 12:37Ro 7:22
In God’s actions Ge 21:6Ac 11:23 See also Ex 18:91Sa 2:11Sa 19:51Ki 8:66Est 8:16Ps 16:6Ps 92:4Ps 111:2Isa 61:10Ac 13:48

God’s happiness
In obedient people Dt 30:9-10 See also 1Sa 15:22;Ps 147:11Isa 9:17Mt 25:21
In the righteous Pr 11:20 See also Ps 147:11Pr 11:1Ecc 2:26Jer 9:24

Jesus Christ’s recipe for happiness
Mt 5:3-10 pp Lk 6:20-22

Happiness may not be permanent
Ecc 7:14 See also Est 5:9Job 7:7Ps 10:6Pr 15:13Ecc 11:9Jer 16:9La 5:15Joel 1:12

Happiness for those who trust in God
Ps 84:12 See also Ps 2:12Ps 34:8Ps 40:4Ps 146:5Pr 16:20Jer 17:7Lk 1:45Jn 20:29Gal 3:9

Happiness for those who obey God
Ps 89:15 See also Job 5:17Ps 1:1-2Ps 94:12Ps 112:1Ps 128:1Pr 28:14Pr 29:18Isa 56:1-2Lk 11:27-28Rev 1:3Rev 22:7

Happiness for those who are forgiven
Ps 32:1-2 See also Ro 4:7-8Rev 22:14

Happiness for those who suffer persecution
1Pe 3:14 See also Mt 5:11-121Pe 4:14

Happiness for those who persevere
Mt 11:6 See also Jas 1:12Jas 5:11Rev 16:15

In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In John 15:5, Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” I hope that you can see that without Christ we are nothing and have nothing. Ligonier Ministries says it is due to the total inability of the unregenerate sinner makes saving grace absolutely necessary for the beginning, the development, and the completion of salvation.

Now we know why the psalmist wrote  Blessed are All who take Refuge in Him.


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