What you hear is going to affect you. We must be thankful for that gift of hearing. Hearing the phone ring we know that someone wants to talk to us. And hearing God speak is a most wonderful experience. For He declares to His people, "Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord" ( Luke 2:11 ). That is what we must bear in mind when in Psalm 89:15 we read, "Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance."
That is a most joyful sound! A more precious gift could not be given us. Having been given to Christ, we find the door open for us to receive all the benefits of salvation. Indeed, blessed is the people that know that joyful sound. It speaks of God's love, mercy, and grace. It assures us that all is well, and that we may and will some day enter God's house of many mansions to live with Him in holiness and in indescribably great blessedness.
Yes, and another blessing in that joyful sound of the gospel is that we are made capable of walking in the light, and that the darkness of punishment is forever far behind us. God's countenance does not simply mean that we will be with Him and see Him and enjoy sweet communion with Him. It means that we will love Him and live holy lives, never committing one sin. What a joyful sound to hear such perfection given to us.
Do you consider that to be a blessing? Do you agree with the psalmist that, in hearing that, we will be hearing a joyful sound? Is salvation a wonderful thing for which you eagerly look forward? Is that a most precious gift in your judgment? Then you are a blessed person. You are a child of God. You are headed for a blessedness that is richer than our human language can express.
This truth makes possible the next thing that the psalmist says: "In thy name shall they rejoice all the day; and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted."
Read: Psalm 89:1-18
Quote for Reflection:
"In the infinite wisdom of the Lord of all the earth, each event falls with exact precision into its proper place in the unfolding of His divine plan. Nothing, however small, however strange, occurs without His ordering, or without its particular fitness for its place in the working out of His purpose; and the end of all shall be the manifestation of His GLORY, and the accumulation of His PRAISE." Benjamin Warfield