How blessed are the people who are so situated; How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!” (Psalm 144:15, NASB95)

This is the last verse in Ps. 144.  The Hebrew word translated “blessed” here means: “how happy.” The expression “who are so situated” refers back to vv. 12-14 in which David prays for God’s blessing on the lives of God’s people.

The summary statement is what we want to think about, How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord. Why, we ask ourselves, are God’s people happy when God is their God?  David lists some of the reasons that God’s people are happy in God as their God:  He is their lovingkindness [Heb: hesed]; He is their fortress; He is their stronghold; He is their deliverer; He is their shield; He is their refuge; He rescues his people from the grasp of those who oppose God; He gives salvation to kings in general and David in particular; He is the one who gives us children; He is the one who blesses us with food; He is the one who blesses our households and our lives; He is the one who protects the things that sustain life.  In light of all that one cannot help but conclude that God’s people are happy, are blessed, are joyful.

“Nothing can make that man truly miserable that hath God for his portion, and nothing can make that man truly happy that wants God for his portion. God is the author of all true happiness; he is the donor of all true happiness; he is the maintainer of all true happiness, and he is the centre of all true happiness; and, therefore, he that hath him for his God, and for his portion, is the only happy man in the world.” —Thomas Brooks.

 

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