The wicked may have many comforts and still be cursed.  The godly may have many crosses, yet still he is blessed.  If the wicked has success and his path is smooth, yet there is still a curse upon him.  All the curses of the Bible are his portion and, at the day of his death, this debt is sure to be paid.  But a godly man, in the midst of all his miseries, is blessed.  He may be under the cross but not under a curse.  This shows the privilege of a believer.  Blessedness has begun in him (Psalm 115.15).  Let the condition of the righteous be ever so sad, yet he is blessed: he is blessed in affliction (Psalm 94.2), blessed in poverty (James 2.5), and blessed in disgrace – “the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Peter 4.14).  This is strong medicine for the fainting Christian.  He is blessed in life and death.  May this not take away the murmuring and melancholy from a child of God?  Will you repine and be sad when you are blessed? – Thomas Watson (1620-1686)

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