Blessed: A Deeper Meaning Unveiled

Date: February 1, 2024

May you be blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.  Psalm 115:15


Some words are coined especially for use in heaven, and outside the Christian community it is difficult to really understand their meaning.  Such is the word, blessed!

It comes from the Greek word makarios.  It was the word used by Jesus when He sat on the slopes of Mt. Tabor and brought the greatest sermon ever delivered, called the “Sermon on the Mount.”  Remember those familiar words, “Blessed are the poor in spirit…Blessed are those who mourn…”(Matthew 5:4‑11).

This word blessing, like several other words in the New Testament, was used by Greek writers to convey the idea of happiness.  But when Jesus used the word, He elevated it and gave it a new, deeper meaning.  In its context of faith, it means that a person is happier and richer in his personal experience because he has been the object of God’s special favor as the result of God’s touch in his life.  The word is both a verb and a noun.  It’s something you receive from God and something that you, in turn, can pass on to others without losing any of the blessing you have received.

The paradox is that the more you give to others the greater the blessing is to yourself.  Is it any wonder that with this concept, the word can’t really be understood outside the community of faith?  The ancient Greeks used the word chiefly of their gods who were not subject to poverty and death, speaking of them as “blessed.”

One of the interesting things about this word, as used by Christian writers, is that, unlike the capriciousness of Greek gods, the Bible says that God’s grace and favor will reach down and touch every single person who will respond to His love.  In other words, God doesn’t play favorites.  What He has done for others, He will do for you, provided you come with an open hand, because it’s pretty tough for God to fill the hands of someone who comes with a doubled‑up fist.

One of our listeners sent us the following beatitudes for married couples which they felt were the key to God’s blessing.  “Blessed are the husband and wife who continue to be affectionate, considerate and loving after the wedding bells have ceased ringing.  Blessed are the husband and wife who are as polite and courteous to one another as they are to their friends.  Blessed are they who have a sense of humor, for this attitude will be a handy shock absorber.  Blessed are they who love their mates more than any other person in the world, and who joyfully fulfill their marriage vow of a lifetime of fidelity and mutual helpfulness.

” Blessed are those who never speak loudly to each other and who make their homes a place ‘where seldom is heard a discouraging word.’ Blessed are those husbands and wives who faithfully attend church and learn to read the Word and pray together.

“Blessed is the couple who learns the importance of communication and knows that without it no marriage can long survive.  Blessed is the couple who learns that any conflict can be resolved with God’s help.  Blessed is the couple who refuses to let money divide them and works out a partnership with God as the third partner.  Blessed is the couple who refuses to let their children divide them and stands together when it comes to discipline.  Blessed are the husband and wife who dedicate their lives and home to Christ and practice the supremacy of unconditional love in their lives, for theirs shall be a home of joy.”  How better to put it?  And that’s what the blessing of God is all about. Psalm 115:15 says, “May you be blessed with the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth.” Some words were coined just to be used in heaven. I believe “blessed” is one of them.

Resource reading: Proverbs 1.