Blessed Are Those Who Have Learned
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness (Psalm 89:15,16 NIV).
The psalmist here talks about the happy condition of those people who have learned to acclaim God. Acclaiming means that you publicly welcome or praise somebody. It is clear from this verse that acknowledging God publicly doesn’t come easy. It is something that is learned. It takes time. Many Christians are happy to be silent before others all their lives. They never mention God in their conversations nor give thanks to the favors that God had shown to them.
The psalmist makes it clear that blessed is the one who has learned to acclaim God. If you are not used to do this, will you decide to start today to acclaim God? It may sound a bit difficult at first; but there is a blessedness associated with acclaiming God. Start acclaiming God today and be blessed.
The psalmist adds that the blessedness is due to those who acclaim God because they walk in the light of God’s presence. By acknowledging God publicly they are always bringing God’s presence to surround their lives. And God’s presence is full of light. It is blessed to walk in such a path. Moreover those who acclaim God rejoice in God’s name all day long. This makes them blessed because they are acclaiming God’s blessed name. This joy turns into exultation because they know that they need not strive to be perfect before God. They are blessed because they know that they have God’s own righteousness given to them to cover their imperfections!