“Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.”
Psalm 112:1, 2
There are many different ways to measure the blessings that are promised to God’s children. In this life, He richly blesses us daily. The psalmist says that He “daily loadeth us with benefits” (Psalm 68:19). Undoubtedly, we fail to recognize many, perhaps even most, of the ways God helps us and blesses us throughout our days. We also realize, of course, that the best is yet to come, and that our greatest blessings wait for us in Heaven. God blesses us in this life and in eternity.
However, there is another way that God blesses those who love Him. These blessings are not always in our lifetime for us to see and enjoy, nor are they in Heaven awaiting us. In several places, the Bible encourages us with the assurance that our posterity, the generations that succeed us, can be blessed as a result of what God does in our lives. Our text tells us of THE BLESSED MAN, “His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.” What great hope we find in this promise! There is a portion of our blessing that can be realized by those who follow us. This does not, of course, negate each person’s individual responsibility. The disobedience of children will not be ignored because they had godly parents. Still, the Bible teaches us that successive generations of God-fearing Christians will be influenced because of their spiritual predecessors.
All of us have heard lies that sound something like this, “It’s my life. What I do will only affect me and no one else.” We would all agree that such logic is absolutely false. The way we live, and the decisions we make, can have an influence that reverberates throughout generations that follow us. It is very selfish for one generation not to consider their impact on succeeding generations.
This truth places great responsibility and purpose on parents. The best investment we can make for the virtue and success of our children is to live our lives for Jesus Christ. We can have a positive affect on our world even after we are gone. We need to take heed that we live in such a way as not to forfeit blessings that might be experienced by the “generation of the upright.”