Psalm Kind of Happiness

On July 5, 2017, Pastor Nomer’s newest book entitled “Psalm Kind of Happiness” was officially launched.

Below is an excerpt from the book

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Chapter 1. What is Biblical Happiness?

 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness… Ecclesiastes 2:26, NIV

The Hebrew word for blessing in the Bible is בְּרָכָה is transliterated berakah. A blessing comes in the form of words or tangible benefits, and is usually given by a superior to an inferior. We see the Lord blessing Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Genesis. In the human sphere, we read about Rebekah’s mother and brother pronouncing blessing upon her (Genesis 24:60). Jacob pronounced blessings upon the sons of Joseph and his sons that were appropriate for them in Genesis 48:15-49:33. Moses, with his brother Aaron, blessed the sons of Israel. It is noteworthy that in one occasion, the Pharaoh of Egypt asked Moses and Aaron to bless him (Exodus 12:32). When Aaron blessed the sons of Israel in the Name of the Lord, the Lord Himself promised to bless them (Numbers 6:22–27).

The Meaning of Blessing.  The first usage of the verb form barak is found in the account of creation when God blessed the creatures of the sea and sky (Genesis 1:22) and mankind (Genesis 1:28) [i]. In these contexts, to bless means to give the recipient the capacity or ability to be fruitful, to multiply and to abound. It also means to give significance or honor. In the biblical sense, the person blessed by God would also be a channel of His blessing to others (Genesis 12:2b, 3b; 18:18-19; 22:18; 26:4b). We read about Joseph,

The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. Now his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge. It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. (Genesis 39:2–5)

God is the Source of Blessing. This declaration has been the treasured confidence of God’s people in the Bible (Numbers 6:22–27). It was a prayer they pronounced in their greetings (Ruth 1:4), worship (Psalms 128:5; 134:3) and experiences,

The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven in number. May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you! (Deuteronomy 1:10 –11)

“For the LORD your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.”‘ (Deuteronomy 2:7)

 In Biblical wisdom literature, it is the blessing of the Lord that enables one to become rich, and when the blessing is from the Lord, there is no sorrow to it (Proverbs 10:22). But when the blessing is taken apart from the Lord, and worse, deceitfully — like that of the blessing Jacob stole from Esau with the prompting of their mother[ii] — there will be painful consequences (as seen in Genesis 27). No wonder then, that the prayer of God’s people had been, “May God pour His grace and blessings into us and turn His face to shine His light on us” (Psalm 67:1 VOICE).

The Recipients of Blessings. The Lord’s blessing is promised to His people in the Old Testament (Psalm 3:8; Isaiah 44:3). It is experienced by those who come in the name of the Lord, honor Him, serve Him and are faithful to Him[iii] . In the New Testament, those who believed in Christ Jesus have become partakers of the blessing of Abraham. The apostle Paul wrote,

Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham…  So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. (Galatians 3:6–7, 9)

 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”— in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13–14)

 The apostle Paul exclaimed that the heavenly blessing came from God the Father to those who were united with Christ.

How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every blessing in heaven because we belong to Christ. (Ephesians 1:3 TLB)

 

[To get a full copy of the book, please go to any OMFLit branch or click HERE  for the kindle version.]

 

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[i] God also blessed the seventh day after He finished his work and rested (Genesis 2:1–3).

[ii] This sad turnout could have been avoided had Isaac listened to the prophesy made earlier (Genesis 25:19–23) and had he and his wife not played favorites (Genesis 25:24–34).

[iii] Psalm 118:26; 115:12–15; Ex 23:25 and Proverbs 28:20.

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