There are a few “formulas” for blessings found in the scripture. You – the one who needs to be blessed – have to be genuine. (No one can fool or con God.)
When God blesses a person, His criteria is based on what is in the person’s heart. Rewards from God are not gained from penance, sacrifice, or even begging.
But having explained that, it deserves to be noted that the Bible tells us some of the things that put the sincere person in a good position before the Lord. Here’s one place in the Bible that gives us some insight of how to be blessed:
“Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” (Psalm 40:4).
If you read the entire psalm with understanding, you’ll see that it’s a messianic message. It’s almost a narrative of Jesus speaking to God – perhaps right around the time of His sacrificing Himself for us. (Right after, if you look at how the psalm begins – but it describes the time of the crucifixion in verses 12-15).
But one verse that contains a message to us is verse 4. It offers insight, and some advice. To summarize it’s 3 points, let’s recap:
- Trust the Lord
- Don’t be enamored with the proud
- Don’t listen to lies or liars
So (basically), God is to be our source of security. And based on the descriptions of who not to follow or admire, we should not devote ourselves to celebrities or politicians. (I mean, who else could the psalmist be describing? …Oh yeah – silicon valley tycoons as well.)
But the message is simple: put your trust in God, and don’t be so foolish as to actually trust and admire this world’s “elites”.
If you do this, you will be much better off than the people who are doing the opposite.
This world system can make it appear that you should trust in the elites instead of God. But remember: God wins.