Lord's Day Liturgy

Blessed Forever

God is “blessed forever.” He is praised unendingly. The Lord is good.

In the middle of a brutal section about delusional and disgraceful God-deniers, Paul can’t shut his worshiping mouth. Is culture collapsing? God isn’t. Men choose the lie, but God is “the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” (Romans 1:25)

Later in the same letter, Paul acknowledges that even the people who had the covenants, the law, the promises, the patriarchs, and even the Messiah, did not all receive Him. Paul hated their rejection, and yet, he wrote about “the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 9:5)

In another letter, after listing his resume of suffering and weakness (including imprisonments, beatings, shipwrecks, sleeplessness, hunger, cold), his boast was in “the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever” (2 Corinthians 11:31).

So maybe you don’t feel the blessing in this moment. Fine. The God you know and believe and glorify and thank has not lost any of His blessing, and He does not lose any of His blessing when He shares it.

This cup is the “cup of blessing” (1 Corinthians 10:16). You drink it not as a magic potion that adds lives to your avatar, but you do drink it in remembrance of the God who gives you eternal life. Those who believe in Him will be blessed to share in resurrection, blessed to share in the marriage supper of the Lamb, blessed as they remain steadfast (James 5:11) for the God who is blessed forever.