And by blessing, I don’t mean material blessings. There is an awful lot, in fact, too much talk today about material blessings. Too many mega-churches today are built around the incorrect doctrine that we should expect material blessings from God. The pastors are advocating how that every saint of God should experience all kinds of material blessings and the testimonies are of the material blessings. Sometimes you can’t tell if you are in an Amway meeting or a church service as people testify of the material blessings.
Now I am not saying that God does not bless us materially, he does. But spiritual blessings are what the psalmist is speaking about here. And this can also be a spiritual thermometer. When you hear a person giving thanks to God, note what he is thanking God for, because it can surely indicate the person’s place spiritually. If a person is really walking after the Spirit and is interested in things of the Spirit, he is going to be thanking God for the spiritual blessings. But if a person is a materialist and is very interested in the material things, he is going to be talking always about the material blessings. “But beware of those,” the Bible says, “who declared that godliness is a way to material prosperity, from such turn away.” He is thanking God for the spiritual blessings.