"How are you?" people ask. "I'm blessed!" is my answer, because it is so true.
The Bible says in Psalm 1:1 - "Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful." I am blessed because God's Word is my final authority. I have learned not to take counsel from people who scorn God's Holy Word. If someone says, "I know the Bible says that, but..." run, don't walk, away from that person. That person is a sinner and ungodly - they have scorned God's Word.
Verse 1b says of the blessed person: " But his delight is in the law of the Lord (Torah); and in His law (Torah)doth he meditate day and night." Yeshua (Jesus) did this. The New Testament had not been written.
Meditating on Torah blesses me because it is the way of Life and God's instruction manual for success on earth. Everything Yeshua said and did was living out the Torah. He showed us how to walk in obedience to the Father. He was the Father, in the flesh, on earth.
Every time we take the Torah out of the ark and parade it around the synagogue, we are reminded to keep our eyes on God's Word by following it with our eyes around the room, kissing it, and never turning our backs on it. Yeshua never turned His back on the Torah. He lived it, and said, "I did not come to do away with the Law (Torah), but to fulfill it (Torah)."
Verse 3 says, "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper." What a blessed promise. I know that because I obey God, He will cause me to prosper. Now to the world that means wealth, but that's not it. Prosperity means success in the place I am planted, bearing fruit for His kingdom, by obeying Him.
Many didn't think Yeshua a success. He was hated, accused, killed and buried. But that's not the end of the story. He rose again with victory!
Obeying God sometimes means being hated, accused, and can often cause the loss of wealth, friendship, position - even life. Again, that's not the end of the story. God sees and rewards His chosen ones in ways the world often does not see or understand. He knows the fruit being born for His kingdom and He is pleased.