The blessing we seek comes not from the world, but from God. The world offers, offers to sell us, many so called blessings that are thought to give life the richest of meaning. In reality, what the world offers us is things that lie on the surface of this life and bring temporary pleasure at best. The world seeks to feed our pleasures for its own profit.
God seeks to feed our souls by His word and bless our spirits with eternal life. God seeks to give our lives true and profound purpose. God’s profound and eternal purpose will sustain us through the hard times we suffer on the surface of this life and glorify Him as the God who paid the purchase price for us! We can choose the eternal blessings of God’s word and God’s way, or we can choose the temporary blessings the world is trying to sell us. Psalm 1 is a good example of how we can choose the blessing of a sustained life and the eternal purpose of God:
Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.