Praise the Lord.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who finds great delight in his commands.
Psalm 112:1 (NIV)
Years ago I read Psalm 112 as a part of my normal reading routine. I can’t explain it, but that day it penetrated deep into my soul. I memorized the psalm and I recite it regularly and prayerfully. I realized that the description of the “blessed man” that the lyricist describes is a description of the man I want to be:
- God fearing
- delighting in God’s message
- successful father
This past summer I had a tattoo inked on the bicep of each of my arms. On the left arm the tattoo reads Psalm 51 and the right arm reads Psalm 112. Psalm 51 is a song of confession and through ages the left hand has been associated with folly. Psalm 112 is a song of blessing and through the ages the right hand has been associated with favor. I placed the tats on my biceps because it is a muscle that men traditionally associate with strength.
My tats remind me daily that my strength for life’s journey is not rooted in my effort, social standing, intelligence, gifts, finances, career, or abilities. My strength for the journey is found in:
- Humility and daily confession that I am broken, make mistakes, and am in continuous need of God’s grace and forgiveness.
- God’s unmerited favor and blessing as I daily seek to be the man God calls me to be.
Confession and blessing. Every day. Every step. Confession and blessing.
- The Blessed Life (chalkermen.wordpress.com)
- Confession is Good for the Soul (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- Some Things Bear Repeating (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- Worry (theriverbank.org)
- Walking in Psalms (frecklesandtattoos.wordpress.com)
- Layered Stories of Redemption (tomvanderwell.wordpress.com)
- Raucous Praise (denanetherton.me)